Opening April 23, 2012
Monday – Thursday
9 am to 6 pm
Friday – Saturday
9 am to 4 pm
The Milton Community is very excited about the new public library that will be opening April 23, 2012. Located at 541 Broadway in Milton, it took two and a half years to witness the evolution of the once residence to a library, the board did an excellent job of marrying the old with the new. Many of the features of the home were retained while still bring it up to the modern facility that is needed.
Purchased in December, 2008 from the Randall Kramm family the facility has been in a transformation from residence to library since then. The home has had quite a history and was owned by the Charles Dickerman, a manufacturer of railroad equipment and was known as Rose Hill.
Especially at this time of year the grounds are in full beauty between the cherry trees that line the street and entry into the new facility, the flowering shrubs, and the flowers. The beauty of the entire facility, both inside and out, is breath-taking.
Some of it’s “new” features include a geothermal heating system that required between 26 and 32 wells that had to be drilled. Since the ground water has a fairly constant temperature in the mid-50’s, it does not require as much energy to either heat or cool the water, depending on the time of year. The Library is hoping that it will translate into low heating costs. There is parking for approximately 30 cars at the new facility.
The floors of the library as well as the sidewalks outside are both heated by radiant heat. There should be little or no sidewalk snow maintenance that needs to be done in the winter! There is also a modern sprinkler system that is needed for this type facility.
Sue Williams, Librarian stated that there are three full-time help and four part-time as well as the many volunteers. Sue has been with the Milton Public Library since June, 2011. She says it takes quite an effort to keep tract and maintain the 11,000 plus books that they currently have in circulation. She does not expect that there will be huge growth in the number of books, but foresees some future growth in their inventory.
They also have almost 6,000 patrons of the library and she does foresee growth in this number as more patrons begin to use this new facility. It is amazing to patrons that currently visit the facility on South Front Street in Milton that the library have been able to “pack” that many books into the small facility. Sue said that they “definitely use every square inch of the place!”.
Another new feature of the facility will be the addition of many more computers in the facility. All told, she estimates that there will be about 30 throughout the library. There is a computer room, but there will also be some scattered around the various rooms and there will be laptop computers, too.
One of the first things that you may notice during your first visit to the library (other than the huge difference in space and it’s beauty) is that there are little “nooks” all over to just quietly relax with a good book. They designed the furniture and space to take advantage of the many “nooks” throughout the former residence, including around the beautiful decorative fireplaces, the atrium, and the enclosed side porch.
Organizations throughout the community and area should be happy to know that there are comfortable meeting rooms available for small groups. Part of the future vision is the renovation of the Carriage House into larger meeting facilities.
The hours of operation are not expected to change at this point. They are currently Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.
The Grand Opening Event is slated for April 29th from 2 to 4 at the new facility. Some of the programs that will be available that day will include quilting, extreme couponing, animal balloon art, jewelry making, and a scuba diving workshop. More programs are in the planning stages for the day. Come out and visit the new facility and take advantage of these special programs during the Grand Opening event.
The library has partnered with the Central PA Chamber of Commerce on May 5th to have a Night at the Races on the Chamber’s grounds in the Industrial Park. They are hoping the entire community and surrounding areas will come and support this event to help raise funds for this fine new facility.
Again this year, the library will be hosting the Friday Night at the Movies on their new grounds in August. There will be a featured movie each Friday night during that month and will be shown on a huge outdoor screen.
To find out more about the library and its events, check them out on their website.
Since we sold that the property to the library, we thought we would provide “before and after” pictures as best we could. As you can see, they did an excellent of retaining the many great features of the home.
Here are some very interesting old post cards that we found of the property.