This Week's Events

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ♦ Jack London

Summer Reading Club 2017 | Begins Thursday, June 15th

The children's Summer Reading Club has arrived! This year's theme is "Build a Better World." The three reading groups are: "Read-to-Me" for kids ages 1 to 4 years, grades K to 5 and grades 6 to 12. Register at the library from 10am to 6pm on any day and pick up your bag of goodies. Readers will receive stickers for books read and weekly prizes for book reporting. There are also weekly raffles and a special prize for completing the program. As always, our Big Brochure features Summer Reading events for all of the "Mighty Five" South Orangetown libraries in one handy listing. Pick up a copy at any participating library (Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont, Tappan) or have a look at the brochure here.

Renovation Update | August 16, 2017

August 14 - 16 | On Monday, electricians hustle to place conduit to the automatic door opening fixtures when the technician shows up to install them above the front and inside vestibule doors. Blue and white handicapped push plates are also located. Framers cut a hole in the east facing gable and place a stained glass window panel there that came from an estate sale in Texas. On Tuesday, Jorge and Tino cut and install an old support timber on the second floor to replace the one that we had hoped to splice with a lower half. They will add back the angled supports and wooden pegs (tenons) to restore to re-create authenticity. The roofing crew continues to side the elevator tower and other portions of the facade -- it is slow and painstaking labor, since siding is not their primary skill-set. We move the book drop chute three times to keep if away from the edge of the portico's brick floor. A white Azek border now frames the front door. We are meeting today to nail down details about the front gable treatment. Edwin the electrician shows me a two-inch recessed light for the vestibule and I approve.

August 7 - 10 | Air conditioning technicians get their ducts in a row, while framers build a barrel vault in the vestibule. I find books in the new bin even though it's not ready for prime time. Good thing I looked!

August 4 | Siders continue facing the southwest part of the building, while a framer cuts a slot for the bookdrop chute just to the left of the front door. Our new bookdrop will be positioned inside the building -- no more freestanding outside return.

August 2 - 3 | Electricians arrive early to continue running conduit. A siding crew gets rained out and continues on Thursday with the exterior base of the Quiet Study Annex. The interior front entry door is mounted. I meet with Cindy of Blauvelt Wallcoverings to finalize window treatments for the Quiet Study area.

July 29 - August 1 | On Saturday, Steve from Swift Acoustics Ceiling, finished installing the metal grid for the ceiling sheetrock. Electricians returned on Monday to run more conduit. Three antique brass pendant lights arrived for the circulation desk. On Tuesday, the framing crew returns for some miscellaneous chores in anticipation of the siding crew, which are expected the following day.

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