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Bedford Hills Library Will Close For Renovations

Bedford Hills Free Library will close for renovations in August.
Bedford Hills Free Library will close for renovations in August. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- The Bedford Hills Free Library will be temporarily closed to the public from Monday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 22, due to renovations. 

The library recently received an $18,202 construction grant from New York state for a new project to upgrade its entire lighting system and improve climate control. The changes will create more energy-efficient and pleasant conditions for its patrons as the library prepares to mark the centennial of its founding in 2015.  Local contractors J.C. Beach Electric and Wayne Fazzinga & Co., both from Bedford Hills, will complete the installation while the library is temporarily closed.  “This is a 153-year-old building, and there is great potential for improving its comfort and attractiveness for the thousands of children and adults who come through our doors every year,” says Terrie Paladino-Viola, co-president of the board of trustees.

“Replacing outdated fluorescent fixtures and adding a ventilation system to control temperatures will provide immediate and noticeable improvements to the space.” 

Mary Esbjornson, executive director, expressed excitement for the project. 

“It is inspiring to see this project realized as we envision a series of improvements that might be made to keep pace with the needs of our patrons and the residents of Bedford Hills,” said Esbjornson.  Public library construction aid is included in the state budget, administered in cooperation with the Westchester Library System. For more information, contact Esbjornson at 914-666-6472.  

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