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Based on patron input and need, Brighton Memorial Library conceived a project to enhance its space and functionality. It had been over 16 years since the library’s last significant renovation.
As one of the most utilized libraries in Monroe County, Brighton Memorial Library (BML) has served its community since 1953, with an average of over 900 people walking through its doors daily.
Wear and tear associated with heavy usage, in addition to evolving technology and patron expectations, resulted in the need for a library facelift. By incorporating existing furniture and design elements with up-to-date amenities, the redesign has provided improved access to the library’s materials, resources, and public computers. Upgrades include better traffic flow; additional quiet study space; increased patron seating; a new, relocated Information Center; a more convenient magazine section in the Reading Room; and a redesigned staff work space. We have added new, colorful carpeting in the Children's Center and the Kiwanis Discovery Room; new carpeting throughout the library; cafe table sand chairs and a self-serve station with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the Reading Room; and a Quiet Room. Additionally, the Teen Center is more accessible and we have provided a third study/tutoring room.
Because of their experience in design and implementation of public library projects in the area, the following vendors were chosen: LaBella Associates DPC was awarded the architectural services contract; Frank J. Marianacci, Inc. the construction contract; Kyle Lawrence Electric the electrical contract and Pipitone Enterprises, LLC the mechanical contract.
We are pleased to offer new services: a scanner, FAX, copier, and printer. Located where the old copier was, this self-serve Library Document Station (LDS) allows you to email or save to a USB items you have scanned or copied. In addition, wireless printing is now available from inside and outside the library, so you can print from your laptop, phone, or any mobile device to our printers. For more information, go to http://www.brightonlibrary.org/wireless-printing.html
Funding for this project was provided through annual Capital Campaign donations, as well as through the generosity and hard work of the Friends of Brighton Memorial Library.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 30, 2016. The event was attended by Executive Director Jennifer Ries-Taggart; Library Board President Linda Rapkin; Library Board members Kathy Miller and Ruth Scott; Library Board President Kris Lamendola; New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle; New York State Senator Joe Robach; Town of Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle; Town Council members Louise Novros, Jason DiPonzio and Jim Vogel; Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris; library staff; and members of the community. BML was recognized for its vital role in the community and for accomplishing the renovation without cost to taxpayers.