News from Putnam Valley library on its temporary closure:
Within the next several weeks, a major construction project will take place at the Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, that will necessitate the building’s closing. The Library, which operates as a not-for-profit organization administered by its Trustees and Director, has not made this decision lightly. Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to institute a partial closing of the building.
The proximity of Oscawana Brook to the Library, as demonstrated by the vehicular and pedestrian bridges patrons must cross in order to reach the Library building, has created unanticipated settling in one corner. When it was discovered that cracks in the wall on the Library’s second floor were increasing in length, engineers were called in and it was discovered remediation must take place.
Demolition will take place to remove the portion of the second floor that is supported by the vertical beams nearest to Oscawana Brook. The resulting load on the building’s supports will be well within engineering tolerances. Although the Library building is in no danger of failure, the Trustees decided to institute a partial closing of the building, restricting business to the Community Room, so that the second floor could be prepared for the construction. At the moment, Library books that have been reserved online through the Mid-Hudson Library System website may be picked up and returned to the Library. Once demolition begins, the entire building will be closed to the public for the length of the project, which is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks. The Library is currently exploring options for operating at another location.
Although the Library has yet to receive the final estimate of construction costs, it is a project expected to cost well over $100,000. It is important for the residents of Putnam Valley to know that the Library is not a department within the Town, but a separate, not-for-profit institution that is under contract to the Town to provide services. A portion of the Library’s operating funds comes from the Town of Putnam Valley, and a substantial portion comes from fundraising, grants, bequests and other private sources. The Library’s current capital funds will be used for the project. The Library will need the community’s help in paying for this project. The Town of Putnam Valley and its officials are being very helpful in facilitating the necessary permits and inspections, but it is the patrons who turn to the Library to whom the Library must now turn for help. Contributions may be made via check, sent to The Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579, or dropped off while the Library is still operating.
In the Meantime
Patrons may still order books for pickup via the Mid-Hudson Library System website (http://gigcat.midhudson.org/) as well as download e-books and audiobooks (http://bit.ly/1fQQJDQ) from its extensive catalogue. Your library card may also be used at any of the Mid-Hudson Library System’s 65 member libraries, which include the nearby Desmond Fish in Garrison, Butterfield in Cold Spring and the Mahopac Library.
Keep Up to Date
The Putnam Valley Library will post updates on the project and its scheduling on both its website (http://putnamvalleylibrary.org) and on its Facebook page.
A Final Word from the Board of Trustees
This is a difficult time for Library patrons who are inconvenienced by this disruption in service, as well as for the Library’s intrepid staff, which has not only been preparing the facility for construction but also continuing operations as best as possible. The Board of Trustees offers its sincerest apologies for the disruption, but this is a situation that must be addressed in a timely and thorough manner. We thank you for understanding during this time and look forward to reopening at full schedule and full operations.
Board of Trustees
Putnam Valley Library