GLENS FALLS - The building that is credited with revitalizing the city's streetscape, and houses the public institution that has been a major part of families' lives regionally, will be celebrated this Saturday as Crandall Library reopens to the public.
After a decade of planning and 18 months of construction, the expanded and renovated Crandall Public Library was scheduled to open Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. and a dedication is to follow Friday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
The Board of Trustees and Library staff invites the public to visit and explore their Library from now on during the normal library hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On dedication day, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A weekend-long schedule of activities commemorates the completion of this momentous project. All events are free and open to the public.
The dedication ceremony begins with musical entertainment will be provided as guests mingle and are invited to discover the features of their new Library. A ribbon-cutting is set for 6:30 p.m. followed by comments from Board of Trustees President Richard Merrill, Library Director Christine McDonald, the Charles R. Wood Foundation and government officials.
Remarks then follow from keynote speakers Joe Donahue, host of WAMC Northeast Public Radio's The Roundtable, and author Russell Banks, the New York State author from 2003-2008 and author of many novels set in the Adirondacks including Cloud Splitter, The Sweet Hereafter, The Reserve, and Rule of the Bone.
The festivities will continue with performances by local musicians, The Lake George Saxophone Quartet and Frank Orsini & Friends. Children and families will be entertained by master balloon artist Daryl Baldwin in the Charles R. Wood Children's Library, and tours of the building will continue until 8:30 p.m.
The opening celebration continues through the weekend. At 11 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 13, the Library will host Marc Brown, author and creator of the popular Arthur children's book series. His presentation will take place in Crandall Public Library's new Community Room and will be followed by a book signing. More information on Brown can be found at www.marcbrownstudios.com.
Local-born poet Michael Cleary will appear in the Community Room Sunday Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. to read Glens Falls poems he has written, including the debut of a new work tracing more than 50 years of the influences of both the Crandall Library and City Park on his life - and his writing. For more information on Cleary, visit www.michaelcleary.com