Erving breaks ground on $5.5M new library

Franklin County

Erving broke ground for a $5.5 million library last Friday.

Erving’s library director told 22News, the new library will offer the town and its neighboring communities the space it needs to serve people of all ages.

It’s been a long time coming for the town of Erving to get a new library. And in February of 2018, the state awarded Erving $2.7 million to help fund the project.

“We’ve always considered this very, very small library [our] living room, but a living room sometimes has to expand when there are so many things people want to do in libraries today,” said Erving Library Director Barbara Friedman.

Which includes a community space for all ages to enjoy, like a multipurpose room to host town meetings, a quiet space for students to study, an activity room for STEM learning and arts & crafts, and most of all — storage!

Friedman told 22News, back in 2003 the town had merged its two libraries into one at its current location here on Moore Street. And to create more space they had to turn this closet into a children’s room.

Erving’s new library will offer more than four times the space, expanding from its current 1,865 square feet to just over 8,000 square feet. 

“Even though it’s a small town you would be amazed by how much traffic comes in, which is great. I think this is a very successful library and I think we just want to give back to the community,” said Erving Library Assistant Andrea Deiuliis.

“This is a great way for a small town to bring back their state taxes,” added Friedman.

Friedman told 22News, they expect the new library to open in early 2020.

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