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Construction Begins To Make Library Handicapped Accessible

Pictured reviewing the plans for the project, left to right, are: Linda Swanson, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation; Mike and Brett Steffen from Mike Steffen Construction, project contractors; Jim Steber, Bemus Point Library Construction Committee co-chair: Sharon Gross, Bemus Point Library board president; and Shannon Donovan, Bemus Point Library director.

Construction has begun at the Bemus Point Library to make the library fully handicapped accessible.

The project will take until roughly Christmas. During this time, the library hours will be limited as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Wednesday morning Toddler Story Time on December 4, 11 and 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. will move to the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, 4954 Bemus Point Ellery Road, in the gallery.

The project will convert a restroom to a handicapped accessible, unisex restroom with a changing table for babies. The second restroom will be updated and will also be unisex. The front doors will be electronic for easy access with a wheelchair, baby stroller or any other mobility impediment.

The project is being funded by grants from the state Public Library Grant program, the Lenna Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation.

“This continues in the Bemus Point Libraries’ commitment to ensuring that its facility serves the needs of the community it serves to the best of it’s abilities” said Shannon Donovan, library director.

For more information, call the library at 386-2274.

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