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Building a New Library in Middle Smithfield Township

'Smithfields Library' to get its own home

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A popular library will soon have a new place to call home.

The Smithfields Library, currently located in Smithfield Township, will have a brand-new location. It will be built at a park in Middle Smithfield Township.

Taisha Delvalle is the clerk of Smithfields Library. She's excited the branch is re-locating. She explains, "it's good, it's positive. That way, we'll have a place that's going to be our own."

In 1991, the library first got its start in this small building near Foxmoore Village.

"It was very small and they outgrew it very quickly," says Annette Atkinson, Middle Smithfield Township Supervisor.

In 2014, Smithfields Library re-located to its current spot. The lease expires this December, and library leaders say the cost of renting isn't an affordable long-term option.

Atkinson adds, "they're once again looking for a space."

There are plans to build a brand-new, 5-thousand-square-foot library at Echo Lake Park in Middle Smithfield Township. It also includes a community center and a museum featuring local artifacts.

"It's important to preserve our past for our future and our present," Atkinson says.

At one point a YMCA was supposed to be built there, but those plans were canceled.

The new library will include elements from the historic Mosier Dairy Farm, which is being torn down for a major development project. "Even simple things like the slate tile roof to be re-purposed into wall finishes," Atkinson explains.

Delvalle says the library does more than just house books. It also provides important programs and classes for the public. She says, "right now we're thinking about doing some resume workshops."

Architects are still drafting the plans. There's no word exactly how much the new library will cost, or when it will be built.

Township leaders say road and environmental studies still need to be done before construction can begin.


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