Hadley Public Library nears finish line 

  • The adult area at the new Hadley Public Library, Monday, July 27, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The adult area at the new Hadley Public Library is shown Monday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A small meeting room, right, and a larger meeting room at the end of the hallway, center, at the new Hadley Public Library, Monday, July 27, 2020. These areas can be accessed when the library is closed. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The reception area at the new Hadley Public Library, Monday, July 27, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The children's area at the new Hadley Public Library, Monday, July 27, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The façade of the new Hadley Public Library is shown Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A worker for Capeway Roofing Systems attaches metal edging, Monday, on the new Hadley Public Library. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 7/30/2020 6:35:30 PM

HADLEY — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic could have delayed construction of the new Hadley Public Library building, work has continued without a hitch through the spring and summer.

As the calendar turns to August, the $8.1 million project, handled by general contractor Orlando Annulli & Sons of Manchester, Connecticut, is nearing the finish line.

“We are on budget and we are on time,” said Jo-Ann Konieczny, chairwoman of the library trustees. “We’re on the timeline we originally thought of, a fall move in.”

The contractor is in the midst of many of the finishing details on the 11,800-square-foot building going up on the site of the former Hooker School on Middle Street, and adjacent to the new senior center.

“We are really happy to see how it’s going and what it can offer the town,” Konieczny said.

The move from the neighboring three-story Goodwin Memorial Library to the new building, which has just one floor, will be done by professional movers, likely in September.

More space is available in the new building for books, videos and computers.

“One of the issues is we were legitimately running out of space and wouldn’t keep a collection that is right-sized for a town of 5,000 people,” Konieczny said.

Konieczny said the building features an adult room with a reading area and large windows that bring in natural light, dedicated space for teens, where they can hang out on their own, and a children’s room for toddlers and their parents. There are also two community rooms that will be available for public use when the library is not open.

Fundraising continues to get solar panels onto the roof to reduce the costs of heating and cooling the building and do so in a more environmentally sustainable way.

It’s unclear when the library will begin serving the public, though mid-October is being discussed. Since limited resumption of services on June 1, patrons have not been allowed into the existing building, but have been able to check out books through a curbside pickup.

“We still have to think about the grand opening we can have,” Konieczny said.

The hope, she said, is to be able to film some celebration as the move happens.

Konieczny said trustees also formally voted to have the building called the Hadley Public Library, leaving the Goodwin name engraved on the existing building. That name was placed there in honor of Elder William Goodwin, who in the 17th century helped to found both Hartford and Hadley, and whose descendants helped raise money for the library construction.

“We felt Goodwin belongs to that building,” Konieczny said.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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