Rising Sun Library to reopen Saturday
Building underwent 5-month renovation
jbellmyer@ cecilwhig. com
— After five months of renovations, the Rising Sun Branch Library will quietly reopen Saturday morning.
Frazier Walker, community relations specialist for Cecil County Public Library, said a celebration is being planned for sometime this summer.
A $ 420,000 project to rework the interior and maximize the library’s
space was launched in December. Library operations were condensed and moved to the public meeting room.
“We still had many patrons using the branch,” Walker said Thursday.
Christy Reynolds, branch manager, agreed.
“Our usage and circulation remained very good throughout this update,” Reynolds said. “Our community support has made this project a big success.”
Friends of Rising Sun Library helped offset the cost of the project, which was part of a Cecil County Capitol Improvement Program.
Patrons will notice the changes immediately, from arrangement of shelving to new functions for old spaces.
The quiet room at the back of the 21- year- old library building on Colonial Way was converted into a children’s library, similar to the one at the Elkton Central Library. Computer and internet access was enlarged and improved. Morgan Miller, assistant director of the librar y system, noted in December that the librar y is the only place where most can get free high- speed internet access.
During construction, several functions were moved offsite successfully, Walker said.
“It’s been fantastic to work with the community,” she said, noting Cecil County Parks and Recreation, Janes United Methodist Church, Rising Sun Middle School and Martin’s Coffee Shop became library meeting areas. “We found these partnerships to be very beneficial.”
Reynolds said the book discussions held at Martin’s would continue even after the reopening.
The librar y is closed Friday for last- minute preparations. One final project will be turning the meeting room back into its intended purpose.
“The rest of the library will open Saturday at 10 a. m.,” Walker said.
Karen Peterman, teen librarian at the Rising Sun Library, moved her teen book discussions to Rising Sun Middle School during the library’s renovation project. The library closed Thursday and Friday to prepare for a soft reopening Saturday at 10 a.m.