Move To New Digs Heralds Era Of Renewal For Library

Posted: February 7, 2013

Volunteers Jan Yeich (kneeling) of Broadway and Elaine Cline of Timberville clean and organize bookshelves on Monday at the Village Library’s new home on Main Street in Broadway. The library, part of the Massanutten Regional Library system, moved into the old Ace Hardware store over the weekend and opened on Tuesday. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
Volunteer Eileen Driver of Broadway shelves books Monday at the Village Library’s new home in downtown Broadway. The library opened in the converted hardware store on Tuesday. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
Massanutten Regional Library branch manager Barbara Andes cleans a children’s book on Monday while getting ready for the opening of the Broadway branch’s new library. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
BROADWAY — As Dale Kipps loaded the last few books on the shelves at the new Village Library in Broadway on Monday morning, the 75-year-old volunteer realized her dream had come true.

Kipps is one of the original volunteers from when the first library opened in a former town school in 1975.

On Tuesday, she watched the library debut at its new location, 175 N. Main St., inside the former Ace Hardware building. A branch of the Massanutten Regional Library system, the library had been located at 113 S. Central St. for the past 22 years.

“It’s breathtaking. There was always a dream for a bigger location,” she said. “We were bursting at the seams.”

Volunteers were scheduled to move roughly 10,000 items at the library from the old one to the new one during the last weekend of January. But snow postponed the event until this past weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, roughly 200 volunteers from several organizations, including members from the Broadway High School baseball team, the Boy Scouts, and the Tenth Legion 4-H, Broadway-Timberville Ruritan, Rotary and Lions clubs helped move the library.

“The teamwork was absolutely amazing,” said Barbara Andes, the branch manager.

Kipps said she was thrilled to see so many people brave the frigid temperatures to help.

“I had cold chills but not from the weather,” she said. “It was amazing seeing everyone working together.”

The new location increased the square footage from 1,700 to 5,000. The building is owned by the town, which has agreed to lease the space to MRL at no charge. In exchange, MRL allowed the police department to move into the old library.

While they have already made the move, the project remains about $100,000 short of the $300,000 fundraising goal needed to complete the transition and expansion.

Andes said she hopes to raise the remaining money through fundraisers and donations soon.

“We have such a great community,” said Andes. “We feel confident we’ll be able to do it.”

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