Library's outdoor space will be revamped

Shawn Hardy
Brittny Paci, president of the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library Association in Greencastle, is shown with a new sign donated by Friends of the Library. For video of Paci talking about the library's Spring Fling, visit www.echo-pilot.com.

The expansion and renovation of Greencastle's Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library is moving outdoors as a $1.2 million capital campaign started in 2010 enters its final phase.

The project is still in the design stage, but it will include creating a new parking lot and turning the old lot into a courtyard for outdoor programs, according to Brittny Paci, president of the library association.

Throughout its phases that have brought significant changes at the library, the capital campaign has raised more than $1 million cash and pledges. The cost of the outdoor work has not been determined, but donations are being accepted and the Spring Fling, the library's biggest fundraiser, is planned Thursday, March 23, at Green Grove Gardens.

What's next

The parking lot now has about 20 spaces. The new parking area, which will be installed behind the library on part of the vacant lot purchased during an earlier phase of the campaign, will more than double the capacity.

The new courtyard will be a safe outdoor space for children's programs and "we would love to host movie night," Paci said.

Jill Yaich, library director, has come up with many ideas for new programs and will have lots of input in the design of the courtyard.

The association is gathering information and hopes to begin work this spring and have a portion completed before the summer reading program begins, Paci said.

What's been done

The addition at the rear of the building includes a cozy reading corner outfitted with magazines, newspapers and a coffee machine, a passport office and a staff break room with kitchenette.

Downstairs is a community gathering space complete with A/V equipment and a small kitchen. It is next door to a children's space and a divider can be folded back between the two to create a larger meeting area.

Storytime used to be held in a dark basement area, but now the kids are surrounded colorful carpet, chairs and bulletin boards.

Off the meeting room is the wi-fi patio funded as a special project by a campaign donor. It is a popular gathering spot for teens, with furniture and a bicycle rack made as Eagle Scout projects by local Boy Scouts.

New carpet and windows are installed throughout the building, the children's section got a facelift, the circulation desk was relocated and the young adult section was revamped with bright furnishings.

"The renovations made better use of space and made the library more user-friendly for our patrons," Paci said.

The work also included making the library more handicapped accessible, including ADA compliant bathrooms and a lift from the lower level to the main floor.

Spring Fling

The Spring Fling is held every two years and this is the fifth event.

"It is so much fun and a great night for the community and the library," Paci said. "It is a beautiful venue and local restaurants go above and beyond offering a Taste of the Town."

In addition to the restaurant specialities, the evening includes tastings from Jan Zell Winery, entertainment by Grow with Music and a silent and live auction.

Donations of goods, services and gift certificates for the auction are being accepted. Larger donations so far include an Outer Banks vacation home for one week between Labor Day and the end of the year and a Golden Ticket to Leitersburg Cinemas with a year of unlimited movies for two people including popcorn and drinks.

Tickets for the Spring Fling are now on sale and go quickly, Paci said. The cost is $45 for one ticket, $80 for two tickets and $300 for a table for eight. Tickets may be purchased as the library and the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

The Spring Fling will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and shuttle service will be provided by Antrim Way Honda.

For more information about the Spring Fling or donating to the capital campaign or auction, call the library at 717-597-7920 or contact Paci at brittnypaci@gmail.com. Donations to the campaign are tax deductible and checks can be made out to Lilian Besore Capital Campaign.