Cheney Library unveils the new children’s room. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com)
Cheney Library unveils the new children’s room. (Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com)

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library, 73 Classic St., will host an open house on Saturday, May 31, to celebrate the recently finished basement renovation into a children's room. From 10 a.m. to noon, the library will offer refreshments and share information about the new space.

New York Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-43rd Dist., and Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge plan to make appearances for the open house.

The public will be invited downstairs to see what is new. The wall between two sections of the basement on the west side of the library was knocked down to make one large space for a children's library and play area. One section used to be a store room.

Library director Carol Gaillard said the previous space was dismal. "I had used the other section for story time: It was awful. It's so hard to explain the difference because now it's so light, it's so bright and there aren't any spiders," she said.

With the use of a $7,800 match grant from the New York State Dormitory Authority, of which the library had to come up with half, the library transformed its basement into a space kids could make their own.

Gaillard will use the new space for story time, the New York State Summer Reading Program and for St. Mary's Academy students who don't have access to a library at the school. "The kids already seem so excited; I'm excited. I love this room now," Gaillard said.


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With the money from the match grant, Gaillard hired Eric Amidon from Stateline Builders to spend the winter insulating the walls, wiring fixtures, building the walls and floor, painting, and building bookcases. Hobart William Smith College student Emma Fricke painted a mural on the south wall with an underground-educational theme.

New rugs, children's toys and a puppet theatre were included in the renovations. All the children's books that were once in the main library were taken down to the new space to make room for a new five-computer module that East Greenbush Community Library was giving away.

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