Old library in for a new look
THERE WAS an air of expectation at Greystones Library last Saturday as staff shut up shop for the last time before major renovations are made to the building.
It was a sad day for some regular users, who will miss beloved librarian Eibhlin ni Dhonnchadh after her retirement.
Eibhlin served her final day on Saturday and will be best remembered for all the fantastic arts and crafts workshops she ran in Greystones.
The last borrower on the day was Eileen Goodwin, who took out a book by Penny Vincenzi. Not long before her was Gerry Fallon, who has been a member since 1939 at the tender age of 7.
He and his cousin made an attempt to join-up the previous year but were turned away by a stern librarian as they were only 6 and not old enough to be members.
A temporary library will be open by February 16 at the new Greystones community centre and swimming pool on Mill Road.
New temporary library hours are expected to be M o n d a y, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday open until 8 p.m.
IT facilities, newspapers and magazines will be available to the public.
The new library will include a 130 square metre extension at the back with a study area, IT area, and relaxing area.
Natural light will play a major part in the project with a sea view and an area dedicated to the memory of the LaTouche family.
Gerry Fallon, who has been a member since 1939, takes out his last book before the refurbishment.
Billy Kavanagh checks out an Anthony Horrowitz book.
Librarians Mary Murphy, Ann Phelan and Eibhlin ni Dhonnchadha lock the door for the last time.
Molly the dog waits patiently for her owner to come out
Mary and Sean Duff are the last members to leave the library.