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During the following virtual tour you will have the opportunity to ‘walk’ through our new facilities with stops along the way that highlight the various new and renovated areas. However, before you begin the tour there are so many people that, over the past four plus years, have made all of this possible. On the tour you will see the Plaque on the Wall of Recognition that acknowledges their contributions. However, the following provides additional highlights of so many in our community that helped to bring a vision for our Groton Public Library to reality. Lee Shurtleff generously donated the land immediately behind the Library that was needed to accommodate the 2,000 sq. ft. addition to our facilities. Former Senator Jim Seward and former Assembly Member Barbara Lifton provided support for two State Assistance for Municipalities grants totaling $700,000. Their support was vital to our initial efforts to move forward with these projects. Additional State support totaling $275,000 was provided through two NYS Library Construction Aid grants, which required matching funds of $175,000 from the Library’s fund balance. We are grateful to the Finger Lakes Library System for their help in receiving this aid. There were over 160 individuals, businesses, and local foundations that contributed over $170,000 in response to the Friends of the Groton Public Library Capital Campaign. We are grateful to several Village of Groton boards and departments who provided invaluable support both during the various approval processes as well as during construction. We thank Julia Hafftka-Marshall of Holmes King Kallquist & Associates who provided architectural services during both the design and construction phases of our renovation and expansion projects. We are grateful to Jim Alibrandi of James & Son Construction Co. who served as our General Contractor. The Board of Trustees together with Sara Knobel, Director, provided overall guidance for the $1.3 million renovation and expansion of our Library. The Executive Board of the Friends of the Groton Public Library led a successful Capital Campaign for the renovation/expansion as well as an additional Campaign for the Furniture Restoration. Jim Turner, Project Manager and Clerk of the Works, provided invaluable assistance to the Board as liaison between the Board, our Architect and the contractors. The furniture, circulation desk, window seats and window trim were restored by Barry and Barb Siebe of “B & B This to That” in Groton. The original brass lamps in the New York Public Library style were rewired and polished by Vintage Lighting in Aurora and the brass shades hand polished by FOGPL volunteers and lacquered by Brian Dates. There were many volunteers who spent countless hours boxing up and then reshelving the collections. Additionally we recognize all the staff who worked to accomplish the monumental tasks required before, during and after construction to keep the library operating. Our staff is truly exemplary! Finally, we thank Greg Kiehl, Library Director at Tompkins Cortland Community College for contributing his time and talent in the production of this virtual tour. Please enjoy your tour.Gp _0142
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