Frankford celebrates ‘the new Frankford Public Library’

“Welcome to the new Frankford Public Library,” director Liz Hamilton told dozens of well-wishers at the sunny Nov. 2 ribbon cutting of the new library building.

After years of fundraising and crusading for expansions in a small town, Frankford Public Library got to celebrate its transformation from 1,900 to 6,200 square feet.

Besides allowing more space for computer, magazine, children’s, book and media zones, the library added a teen room, study tables and reading space.

The new meeting room with AV equipment will host community groups, movie nights and more.

“This building is going to enable us to be a bigger part of our community,” Hamilton said.

Library patron and former teacher, Myra Webster, was impressed with the modern facility.

“I use the library. This is fantastic for the town. I hope and pray everyone uses it,” said Webster. “It has aspects to use in everyday life.”

“We’re so excited that we finally got this done,” said Beth West, adding that her fellow Board of Trustees members “worked hard and worked well together.”

Former State Sen. George Bunting Jr. had helped obtain $83,000 in funding through the State Bond Bill.

“You cannot imagine what a small town can do in raising money,” Bunting said.

Bunting remembered his “many years growing up as a boy, knowing what this library meant to people in the community” and “the importance of having a library centered in town.”

“This is gonna be here a long, long time,” said board member, Jennifer Pavik.

Many thanks went out to private and business donors; Friends of Frankford Public Library; volunteers who assembled furniture; staff who moved every single book; Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, which donated space for programs and parking; and the Town’s donating signage.

“We thank everyone,” Hamilton said. “Just make yourselves at home.”