The new library in Selinsgrove is almost ready to open.
The Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library has been in the works for the past year and a half and it will open to the public next week.
There are plenty of places to relax and curl up with a good book at the new library on University Avenue in Selinsgrove. Library Director Jennifer Johnston said the new building is much bigger than the old library.
“We didn’t have room for all of our books, we had a lot of stuff in storage because there simply wasn’t enough room,” said Johnston.
Plans for the $3.6 million building started more than a year and a half ago.
“Some of the money comes from grant money. Senator Gordner is the prime person to sponsor that on behalf of the borough and the Snyder County library,” said Paul Williams, Selinsgrove Borough Manager.
The borough offices in Selinsgrove share the space with the library. The borough moved into the new building last week. The library has three floors filled with books.
The old library did not have a specific space for children, but the new library has an entire floor dedicated to kids and young adults. Everything from interactive designs on the walls to furniture that’s the perfect size for kids.
“They can be as noisy as they want. They don’t have to worry about having their parents say shhhh you’re in the library,” said Johnston.
If adults want peace and quiet, the third floor of the library is the place to sit and relax.
“We’re just so pleased and so excited to have a building that fits the needs of everybody in the community,” said Johnston.
The grand opening ceremony for the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library in Selinsgrove is Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. The library opens to the public the next day.