SCHENECTADY -- The Schenectady County Public Library board will host a meeting Thursday to solicit input from residents about the new Mont Pleasant library branch.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the current Mont Pleasant branch on Crane Street. Its purpose is to give residents a chance to weigh in on what programming and services they want at the new library, which is being built next door to the current branch.
"Because each of our branches has unique needs, we hope that our Mont Pleasant neighbors will attend the community meeting to provide us with feedback about the types of books, magazines and entertainment they are interested in having in their new library," said Carmel Patrick, president of the library board of trustees.
Plans call for the library to provide services in early childhood, family and adult literacy, financial literacy, digital literacy and other programs for youths and adults.
The new $2.6 million library is being built at the site of the former Chubby's Pizza and an adjacent vacant lot. Chubby's, which was notorious for the hundreds of police calls it generated, was demolished last year, after the county acquired the property. The current branch has inadequate space, parking, and handicapped access, county officials said.
Work on the new library began in the spring and it is due to be finished in the coming spring. Currently, the steel skeleton of the building is being erected.
Once it is finished, the current library will be demolished to make room for more parking. County legislators believe the new branch will be a catalyst for redevelopment in the neighborhood. The library, which is only open four days a week now, is expected to double its hours, once open.
The county is borrowing $1.6 million, with the remainder of the branch's cost expected to be covered by private fundraising and grants.