November 25, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Children's Library will migrate north this winter to meeting room C on the second floor of Village Hall, as the Stenson Building undergoes renovations. The improvements include upgrading the bathroom so that it is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, adding an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, converting from oil to gas heat, and installing a new ceiling with improved lighting.
The move has already begun and over the course of this and next week, DPW workers will be relocating shelving, books, tables and chairs into storage in the basement of the main library and the Piano to the DPW garage on Altamont.
Children's Library Director Ann DiPietro said that the temporary home will be made as comfortable and recognizable to children as possible. "We'll even be bringing over the big comfy couch and all the props for our programs." she said. While the book selection may not be as great over the next few months as most will be placed in storage, programs and classes will be unaffected going on as scheduled.
Village Administrator John Mirando said that although the Stenson building will be closed for 90 days, "It'll be well worth it. We'll have nice new lighting, comfortable seating, safe stairs to the basement, heat and air through the ceiling and more natural light through the full length of the windows."
The project will be funded entirely through grants, with $50,000 coming through a grant from Senator Marcellino's office, and additional monies coming through grants from Nassau County Community Development and the Nassau County Library Association.
The official date for the opening of the new winter home will be December 3, with the return to the newly refurbished Stenson building expected in early March.