Liverpool Library reopens with brand new look, holding a special meaning for one reading regular

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LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Liverpool Public Library is back open with a brand new look.

The idea behind it is to create a spacious, more inviting place to read and work but for one regular, it means so much more.

“When people walk in, we want them to see seating and a comfortable place they want to stay,” said library director Glenna Wisniewski.

For Bonnie Traylor, it’s a place of comfort and part of her daily routine. She was the first person to walk through the doors when the library re-opened Monday. For her, it feels like home.

“I started coming with my husband and then he passed away, so it just seems like a very special place for me,” said Traylor.

In between the new nooks, Traylor is holding onto memories they shared together, while making new ones for herself.

“It seems like you have so much more room,” Traylor said.

“There’ll be chairs here and new books on either side,” said Wisniewski. “We made sure there were places for people to plug-in throughout the whole library.”

Also new is one central service desk for all your questions, instead of two different ones Wisniewski said was sometimes confusing. The shelves are also lower and brighter, giving you a complete look of the layout.

“One of the areas I was most excited about was our quiet space,” said Wisniewski.

In the back, the library has rooms for tutoring, private work, or to read a book behind a closed door.

Each addition creating a space library staff hope will make you feel like it’s your own.

“I feel at home here. I can’t explain it, it’s just a good feeling,” said Traylor.

It’s a feeling of peace, knowing her husband is by her side with every book she reads.

The children’s library is still under renovation. Library staff hopes to have that complete by the end of November, which would put them on schedule for an early December grand re-opening.

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