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Library Expansion FAQ

Here are some answers to questions that have been on some of your minds:

Why do you want to move?
We need more space!
Space for books.
At this point we are facing a one book in, one book out problem. Some of our shelves are overcrowded with books, making it difficult to get anything out. This is not because people aren’t checking books out. Our circulation has been rising steadily over the past couple of years.
Space for programming.
We’d love to have programs for larger crowds of people, but in our current situation we are limited to one small meeting room.
Space for quiet relaxing.
In our current building, our only seating area is right next to the computers, which can get pretty noisy. We do have a couple of tables to study, but they are right next to our teen area.
Space for noise.
We love welcoming our teens in the library, but with that comes noise. In a new library, we would be able to have a space just for teens, with computers and seating that would allow them to make some noise, but not in the center of the library.
Space for computers.
When the library was built, we were using card catalogues. They knew that technology would change, but they were unable to envision how much space we would need for computers. And we need more. We would like to add more computers, but we just don’t have the space.
Space for people.
The town of Parma is growing rapidly! When the library was built, they knew that there would be town growth, but they had no idea how truly popular Parma would be!

Why can’t we expand where we are?
The town does not own any of the land around the library, only the land that is directly under the library. The parking lot is owned by the church next door, and they graciously allow us to make use of their parking lot.

Why can’t you just build up?
In order to build up, we would have to tear down the existing building. This is because the current building would be unable to handle the weight of the added books on a second floor. Some people have suggested adding a basement level, but that would have other consequences… think about the fire hall floods and how close we are to the creek. Plus, without natural light it would get too depressing. Also, if we added another floor, we would need to add more staff. Plus the parking lot might become more congested.

Why do we have so few options in the village?
The village of Hilton is pretty full. The only locations available at no or minimal cost to us are Henry Street (and outside of the village) Town Hall.

Why do you want to share a space with the community center and senior center?
There’s SO much potential with a shared site. We could combine programming, such as adding story time to the community center’s craft program. We could have larger programs such as, musical groups or animal programs. We could have more daytime programs for senior citizens. Plus, if the teens needed to get some energy out, we could send them to the gym.

Thank you to my guest blogger Cathy Kyle for this FAQ!

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Community Input

As we head toward the building project and try and figure out our needs, (more space in the work room so we don’t go home with bruised legs from walking into furniture) we’d love to hear from you, the library user.

What do you want and need at the library? What should the physical space be like? What would make you come in and be comfortable?

Please give us an email at and let us know. Dream big! If you don’t ask you don’t get.

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Moving forward.

The contracts have been signed with The DeWolff Partnership Architects for the design and location study for the community center project. The study will take into account the space needs of the library and how they will mesh with the recreation department and come up with floorplans and drawings of what the building might look like. They are also studying to two possible sites, the current community center on Henry St. and the Town Hall complex.

If you want to see what DeWolff has done as far as libraries check out the Pittsford Community Library.


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A New Library?

Not just a library, but a community center! We are partnering with the Hilton Parma Recreation Department for a one stop shopping experience.  Drop the kids off across the hall at the recreation department for a craft and come over to the library and indulge in grownup conversation at a book discussion group.  Or, play volleyball while the kids are in the library doing their homework. Convenience and the biggest bang for your tax bucks are what we are shooting for with this project.

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