Effort pays off for Cherry Creek library

CHERRY CREEK – The newly relocated and renovated Cherry Creek Free Library is now open from 3-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Located at 6778 Main St., in the former Robert James Hardware building which formerly housed Cherry Creek Hardware, the library now has a bright, pleasurable reading area, renovated shelving, a full children’s section and laptop computers with Wi-Fi.

“It’s not easy to move a library,” said Ruth Ann Smith, library board member. “But we’re open and it’s exciting. There has always been a Cherry Creek Free Library. Some of the books in our current library are from 40 years ago.”

Renovating and relocating the library took most of the village. Dave and Nancy Hall made the space available.

Pete Morgante, Pine Valley Central School superintendent, and his support team led by Kelley Ivett, contributed as well. Ken Chase, Cherry Creek highway supervisor, and his crew moved the larger furniture and transported the shelving units to the school for renovation.

Danielle Lincoln and the Leo Club, along with other students, moved the books as part of their community service requirement. Paul Smith, Ed Sarno and Tom Waag dismantled the old shelving and installed the new shelves. Ruth Ann Smith and Shelley Ellis Lincoln designed the new space and worked with the young movers. Ed Abbey provided pizza and drinks for the volunteers. Larry Brumagin built the new shelving. Time Warner Cable is providing internet access. Carol Lorenc and Gary Howe provided transport for the book move. The Cherry Creek Town Board and town supervisor supported the library. Library officials also thanked Lester Howe Sweeting, who always loved libraries and whose estate provided the funding to keep the library moving forward, and Sharon Howe Sweeting, the librarian, affectionately known as “the keeper of the books.”

The Cherry Creek Free Library board is composed of Sharon Howe Sweeting, Ruth Ann Smith, Betty Milspaw and Ken Chase.

As with any project, this one has its needs. The library still needs furniture, volunteers to keep the library open for more hours and instructors to teach classes in knitting, sewing or crafts.

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