Tour for new East Forest Park Branch Library held in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – It won’t be long before Springfield’s East Forest Park library branch throws open its doors.

Mayor Domenic Sarno toured the nearly completed $10 million library on Tuesday. He was accompanied by many of the contributors who made this library building possible. Librarian Linda Grodofsky has had to make do with a shopping center storefront for a library site these many years.

According to a news release sent to 22News, Sarno led project donors and community members through the building to get a first look at the almost completed library. Sarno also held the library’s first-ever storytime for students of the Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School.

The new library will offer a family and children’s area, young adult area, a maker space lab, a large community meeting room, quiet study rooms, dozens of computer stations, book and media collections, an outdoor patio and reading garden, and 45 parking spaces with easy access to the building.

(Photo: City of Springfield Twitter page)

“It’s great for the city as a whole and for the east forest park community have been wanting a central gathering place not only for a library but aa a community center, we have a wonderful community room,” said Grodofsky.

The $10 million East Forest Park library will formally open during early December. The library is located on Surrey Road, a short distance from Pope Francis Academy and the Mary Dryden Veterans Memorial School.

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