Groundbreaking for Besore Memorial Library set for Nov. 30

November 05, 2012

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Nov. 30 for an expansion of the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, which received approval of its land-development plans Monday from the Greencastle Borough Council.

As part of a 32,000-square-foot addition, the library will create a children’s area on its main floor, which will include sinks for craft activities.

“It means a lot to have the children out of the basement and have them upstairs with adequate facilities,” said Patti Divelbiss, chairwoman of the capital campaign.

Safety for children will improve when they no longer need to use the stairs, library board President Kay Witmer said.

About $680,000 has been raised in the library’s $1.2 million capital campaign, Divelbiss and Witmer said.

“The community support has been exceptional,” Divelbiss said. “That has made this happen.”

The addition will essentially be filling in a square at the L-shaped building.

“We’re losing about six parking spaces,” Divelbiss said.

The basement will be used for storage after construction is complete, she said.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 30. A second phase of the project will address renovations in the existing building.

— Jennifer Fitch

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