Updated: Spring City Library construction on track

Ongoing construction of the Spring City Library at 245 Broad St. (Photo courtesy of the Spring City Library)
Interior of the Spring City Library, for which construction is ongoing but on schedule. (Photo courtesy of the Spring City Library)

SPRING CITY — Construction is continuing at a “fast pace” and the completion of Spring City Library’s transformation from a one-room schoolhouse to a 21st century information center will finish up ahead of schedule.

Lois Shupp, who was named director of the library last year, said the construction is well on its way but more funds are required to reach the goal of constructing a new building twice the size of the old one, which was demolished last year.

“The new library will be a place to bring the inhabitants of Spring City together as a community, begin to revitalize connections between neighbors and ultimately rejuvenate the civic life of the town,” said a release from the library.

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As the new library is being constructed, those looking to visit can go to the temporary location at 2 Riverside Drive in the Riveredge Rentals complex.

In the temporary space Wednesday, Shupp said they’ve had some regular traffic going through but not as many visitors as they would if there were public computers there, which were available at the old building and will be at the new one as well.

Standing where the old one did at 245 Broad St., the new library building will “have much more room for collections as well as a community room for library programs and public use,” the release said.

Shupp said she’s especially excited for that new space.

“We’ll be able to have programs we might not have been able to have during library hours such as movies or topics that are a little more (of) something that people don’t really want to talk about out loud like finance,” Shupp said. “We can have the door shut and people can have different activities in there.”

Originally a one-room school house, the library was expanded twice before Bertha Brower, a former Spring City Library director put up $500,000 in 2001 toward building a brand-new library.

“It’s been a while in the works,” Shupp said.

Construction, which began in November, was scheduled to be complete in May or June, but Shupp and a supervisor with Delran Builders, the contractor doing the construction, said construction should be finished by the end of April, ahead of schedule.

Painting should be beginning inside the building soon, the supervisor said.

A grand-opening is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 14.

Although construction is wrapping up soon, residents can help put up the extra costs for the facility either through email the library board’s president, Teresa McCarthy, at mctea43@comcast.net, send a tax-deductible donation to the Spring City Library at 245 Broad St., Spring City, PA 19475 or make a direct donation at www.springcitylibrary.org.

“We’re really excited to move back,” Shupp said.

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