EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After months of renovation, the Eastchester Public Library is set to unveil its new Children’s Room on Saturday, March 8.
Since September, the Children’s Room has been something of a construction zone, as the library made more than $50,000 worth of improvements. Renovations were done in phases so the room never had to be completely closed.
The room got a complete overhaul, with a new ceiling, carpeting, circulation area and energy efficient LED lights. The library will also feature a new reference desk and early-literacy computer for the children.
According to Library Director Tracy Wright, the town provided $15,000 for the carpeting and the Friends of the Eastchester Public Library pledged $10,000, which the community matched in donations. A $6,500 grant was used to replace the ceiling and lights.
“We have the new circulation area designed to include hot air balloons with book themes and popular literary characters,” Wright said about the renovation. “We want it to be in 3D. When we first started talking about fund-raising it was going to be mostly flat, but the more money we raised, the further the design came out from the wall. We think it will be entirely 3D around the circulation area, which is the first thing people see.”
The doors to the Children’s Room will fully re-open on Saturday. In the spirit of the redesign, there will be a hot air cookie decorating program at 10:30 in the Dr. Rashkoff Auditorium, followed by the grand re-opening tour. Refreshments will be served at noon.