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BENNINGTON — On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the John G. McCullough Free Library, located at 2 Main Street, celebrated its 101-year anniversary.

The ceremony began with opening remarks to introduce the community to the Laura Nowak Memorial Meeting Room, the newly renovated space located on the second floor. Speeches were performed by Robert Nowak, North Bennington resident Jennie Rozycki, Director of the Library, and Matt Harrington, director of the Southwest Chamber of Commerce.

“This has been our library for over 70 years. For us as children, it was a treasure trove of books. It is now a gold mine of not only all things to read but countless activities and offerings for all ages in our community. The new meeting room will surely add to the list of opportunities,” said Robert Nowack.

The meeting room incorporated new design elements, such as maintaining the historic woodwork trim in the space and matching original historic paint color; retaining the small drop-down shutters in the ports in the wall originally used to screen films; creating a new window opening between the space and the adjoining childrens’ library, to enhance visual supervision and providing a widened entry door for wheelchair accessibility, with a vision panel for supervision.

The meeting room on the second floor will be open to the public to enjoy free wifi access and a quiet space to do work. The library is also planning to reserve a couple of hours per day for the area teens looking for a space to study, do homework, and take advantage of the resources available.


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