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Rise to Knowledge Campaign

Our renovation project,
"Rise to Knowledge"
is well under way. Here is the progress to date:                                                             
                                                                                                                                                               BOY'S AND GIRL'S LIBRARY
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  • Boy's and Girl's Library, Fiction area and Reference Room have been completely gutted
  • Hazardous materials removed
  • New insulation applied for energy efficiency
  • New fire suppression sprinklers being installed
  • New ceiling and lights installed


            VIEWS OF THE REFERENCE ROOM           

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 Next Steps...

Our contractor, Forish Construction will be working on:

  • Removing the exterior ramp, constructing a new ramp and West entry to include an up-to-date vertical platform lift
  • Creating a community foyer area with 2 accessible restrooms
  • Building a private study room and dedicated staff area within the Reference Room

Also included in this project are:

  • Technology improvements: Wi-Fi enhancements and new public computers
  • An expanded local history room

Once the above is completed, work will begin on the Boy's and Girl's Library.

We need your help! This is the first major renovation project at the Athenaeum in over 50 years. We have raised over $1.2 million through grants and community fundraising. Your donation will help us to reach our next campaign goal. Please contribute! Click on the DONATE button above, or mail or drop off a check to:

Westfield Athenaeum Rise to Knowledge Campaign
6 Elm Street
Westfield, MA 01085
 

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