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Woodside Library gets warm welcome for its reopening

 

Families from the area converged on Woodside on Saturday, April 16, to celebrate the reopening of the Woodside Library.

The library at 3140 Woodside Road reopened after a nine-month, $2.8 million project to redesign the interior and upgrade the 48-year-old building's structural integrity.

The day included a block party, 3D printing, commemorative button making, live music, crafts, stories, a magician and a cookbook author. A counting device at the door registered 767 visits, a library official said.

The new design includes a large children's corner set with height-appropriate shelves and walls holding books with covers on display, like artwork. There are blocks to play with, tables and chairs sized for children, comfortable furniture to climb around on and plenty of space.

A key feature of the new design is the flexibility to rearrange things, including bookshelves. For a magic show on Saturday, for example, an area near the rear door was cleared and seating arranged for a small show.

The central area can be reconfigured as a large space for performances or lectures or other community activities – something the town has lacked aside from Independence Hall, where the town's government bodies meet.

Dave Boyce

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