Category Archives: Closings

Window Restoration Project

Beginning on May 30th, Schmaling Memorial Public Library will undergo the first phase of a window restoration project, which is anticipated to last approximately six weeks. During this phase of the project, the exterior aluminum storm windows and wooden framing will be removed from over top the windows, revealing the original windows underneath, most of which are original to the 108-year-old building. The glass panes in the basement windows will be removed and replaced with newly textured glass panes. The exterior of the window frames will be scraped and repainted. A protective glass covering will then be installed over the original windows. This phase of the project will result in the library’s original arched windows being visible from the outside and will have the added benefit of sealing those old windows up tightly against the elements. The interior window frames will be refinished at a later date.

During this first phase of the window restoration project, the library staff hopes there will not be any disruption in services. While the glass is being replaced in the children’s room of the library, that area will have to be closed to the public. Therefore, from May 30th until all of the glass in the children’s room has been replaced, the children’s room will remain closed. Carts of children’s books and other materials will be available upstairs. Patrons will also be able to request that a staff member retrieve other items from the children’s room if need be while the area is closed. Parking will also be even more limited than usual as some of the library’s parking area will need to be used to house a dumpster throughout the course of the project.

*UPDATE: Things have gone very smoothly and we are more than pleased with the exceptionally skilled work of Glass Heritage.  To see pictures of the work progression and finished product, please click here.

Closed for Independence Day

photo of the flagpole outside the library waving the newly purchased flag

Schmaling Memorial Library will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 

Some interesting tidbits of knowledge concerning this national holiday include:

  • July 4th, 1776 was not the day the Revolutionary War began, or when the Declaration of Independence was signed: it was the day the final draft was approved by the Continental Congress.
  • Since this date was included on the copy of the Declaration of Independence that was signed in August of 1776 (now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) and also on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation, it is the date most people associated with the new nation’s independence.
  • July 4th was not declared to be a national holiday until 1870.
  • Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826 — marking the 50th anniversary of its original significance.

Closed for the New Year

Hope you enjoy the New Year Festivities! We will be closed Thursday and Friday: See ya Next Year!

picture of the front cover of a vintage book entitled "Ring Out Wild Bells", referring to the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
   Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson