The staff has been busy behind the scenes measuring collections, combing through file cabinets, and packing up the library's contents to prepare for our big move. It's like an episode of Clean Sweep as we make piles of items to keep, sell or donate.
Monday, July 26th was a big day in our journey to the new library. Bok Read has been working on crafting a handmade wood circulation desk which will be the first thing you see when you walk into the atrium of the new building. His beautiful desk arrived at Roosevelt on Monday morning along with family & friends who helped move it from his workshop into the library. It took some on the spot calculations to figure out how to fit it through the doors but with a lot of people & brain power, the desk is now in its new home.
Meanwhile, back at the Pennell Road location, the crates and volunteers arrived to start the process of packing up the shelves to be moved to the new library. Unfortunately we had a few setbacks so the staff worked amongst the crates this week and we are excited to get started moving the contents from Pennell Road to the Roosevelt Community Center.
All the furniture is arriving and being set up and it looks so good! We're getting close to the end and can't wait to welcome you all to our new home!
On Tuesday, July 20th, our furniture installation team began installing the shelving at the new library. Staff have been busy measuring our collections and boxing up offices to prepare for the start of the move next week.
Volunteers will be arriving at the library Monday morning to start packing crates to deliver the library's contents to the new library!
The new library is located at the Roosevelt Community Center at 464 S. Old Middletown Road. This is right across the street from the Wayside Market and behind the Middletown Fire Company. As you can see, it's less than 10 minutes from the Pennell Road location.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new home later this summer!
Are you 16 or older and looking to get involved with the library? We could use some helping hands to pack up the items on our shelves and get them on the shelves at our new library!
We have hired professional library movers, Overton & Associates, to organize and oversee the move. If you are able to do physical work and can commit to a 4 hours shift for 5-7 days then you are just the the person we need! The tentative dates are July 22nd-30th (weekdays only).
You'll have the opportunity to be one of the first to see the inside of the new library!
For more information, click the button below to find out more and fill out an interest form. There will be an information session with Overton in early July to fill you in on the details and see a run through of what's involved.
If you are interested in helping another way such as getting the word out about the move or helping out with the Grand Opening, fill out the form and skip to the bottom to let us know if you are interested in helping another way.
We can't wait for you to see all the exciting things we have in store at the new library. One of the most fun parts of the process was working with our designer, Lynn Godshall of GCI Design, Inc., to select furniture for the new space. Here's a sneak peak of some of the pieces that will be in the library when we weclome you to the new Middletown Free Library at the Roosevelt Community Center!
In order to get ready to move the library to our new home at the Roosevelt Community Center we have a few important pieces of information to share:
June 18th is also the tentative last day of service inside the current Middletown Free Library building. Check back for any changes to our closing date as well as information on the opening of the new library! There's so much to do to prepare and we appreciate your patience as we navigate the next steps in the process.
Things are coming along! Can't wait to welcome you through these doors!!