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PC-Rye Brook Library Celebrates Grand Opening

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – The Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library held a festive, event-filled grand opening on Saturday after a year of renovations to the site.

Various changes were made to the library, which was forced to close from Dec. 5th until Jan. 9th, to add new furniture, new carpeting, a children’s room, a teen room, a meeting room, and an elevator.

The event, which ran from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., featured a children’s puppet show, an origami workshop in the new children’s program room, and a Revolutionary War presentation by Port Chester resident and library board member Paul Zaccagnino.

Library Director Robin Lettieri was overjoyed with the library’s fresh new look.

“Thrilled,” she said of the library’s first major renovation since an addition was put on in 1967. “We’re really happy.” She is most thankful for the staff because of their effort and dedication throughout the renovation process.

“I have to say I’m most proud of the staff for how hard they worked during the renovation,” said the director. “Packing up books, unpacking, dusting, washing off shelves, putting things back, reorganizing things.”

Lettieri, the library’s director for over 30 years, said that the renovation “was a long time coming.”

“We had talked for a long time about how we saw the library going into the future,” she said. “We got grant money and we were able to do this renovation. We knew that we wanted what we needed. We sat down with the architects and told them our vision. They did this for us. They did a great job.”

Two of the additions she was delighted about were the children’s program room and the teen room.

The teen room contained six new computers, new furniture, and a widespread collection of teen and tween literature.

She added that that the library has received “great feedback” from its patrons.

Jeffery Bonds, who frequents the library quite often, was ecstatic about the changes.

“Very pleasant,” said Bonds. “It looks great. More airy. Nice and neat and organized.” His favorite addition is the elevator because of the easier accessibility.

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