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21st Century Updates to Holyoke Public Library

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HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB)- The city of Holyoke shows off their brand new Public Library today. At over 100 years old, the Holyoke Public Library needed some work. “Pieces of limestone was falling down, the building was in really tough shape,” Matt Blumenfeld, the project coordinator.

Now the $14.5 million dollar renovation and expansion is complete. The library has transformed to a new state of the art facility.  The project preserves the very best of the old building and then blends in all of the new features.  The murals are restored, a part of the old roof decorates the walls, and the clock ticks in a different place.

“It sort of gives you the sense of the history of Holyoke and also the future of Holyoke,” says Holyoke resident, Steve O’Brien.

Plus they are adding a whole new element, technology.

“In this community, getting technology into the public’s hands as much as possible is a priority,” says Blumenfeld.

“My wife’s a traditional book reader, I’m an e-book reader, so I’m kind of looking forward to that piece,”  says O’Brien.

 

And more space too. There are new study and community meeting rooms, a teen area, and a place just for kids.

“I’ve been waiting for the library to come for a while, I like it a lot” says Megan Everett, a grade 5 student.

The doors are now open and ready to welcome you. The Holyoke Public library is located on Chestnut Street.