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June 21, 2017 - 8:50am
posted by Maria Pericozzi in news, Byron-Bergen Public Library, byron, bergen.

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The Byron-Bergen Public Library is seeking a Community Development Block Grant, with the hopes of making the library handicap accessible.

Don Cunningham, the Bergen town supervisor, said the project is estimated at a total of $267,630.

“There would be a matching portion on the town’s obligation,” Cunningham said. “The library is also looking at possibly getting Nioga grant support for the same project, but that has yet to be determined.”

Cunningham said the plan includes significant renovations to the bathrooms, access to the library and the library counter.

“This is a win-win situation for the town and us,” said Nancy Bailey, the library manager. “It will help not only handicap people, but also young people with children in strollers.”

Bailey said the grant is in the beginning stages, but she is optimistic that construction could start next fall.

“I’d love to have the ability for easier access to the library,” Bailey said. “Just changing the scope of that and redesigning the space to meet the needs of the community is a great thing.”

Bailey said if they don’t receive the grant this year, they will apply again.

“I’m excited, but apprehensive,” Bailey said. “I don’t think we have a plan B if we don’t get the grant, so that might be why.”

May 31, 2017 - 2:35pm
posted by Maria Pericozzi in Byron-Bergen Public Library, news, byron, bergen.

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Nancy Bailey, the manager of the Byron-Bergen Public Library, said when she walked in the building every morning, the parking lot was boring and uninviting.

The parking lot was remodeled about a year ago and there was a big empty space on the wall. She said it was the perfect space for a mural. 

She applied for a Decentralization Grant from New York State through the Council on the Arts. Once the grant was approved, local artist Dave Burke got to work designing a mural that would reflect the community.

“The board members said we definitely needed a train because it was a big part of Bergen,” Burke said. “It also has farmland, birds and a swamp, and will have a part of the trail.”

Burke has been an artist all his life, but this is the first mural he has done. He usually paints on canvas or boards using watercolor or acrylics.

“The last couple years, I just started painting all the time,” Burke said. “Work and other things just got in the way. I wish I had done this 30 years ago and totally concentrated on painting.”

Burke mixes his own colors with acrylic paint and will seal the mural with clear varnish when it is completed.

The mural is dedicated to Eileen Almquist, the director of the Byron-Bergen Public Library, before she retired in 1983. Her picture is also painted on the mural, surrounded by children and books.

“Somebody suggested to put her up there,” Bailey said. “It looks really neat with her up there.”

Bailey said once the mural is completed, she would like to put park benches and chairs behind the library.

“It seems like a pleasant place to sit,” Bailey said. “It gets enough shade here in the late afternoon and some early morning sunshine.”

Bailey said there will be an unveiling when the mural is completed. 

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August 21, 2010 - 1:42pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, children, Byron-Bergen Public Library, silly bandz.
Event Date and Time: 
August 26, 2010 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Hey kids -- like Silly Bandz? Then come to the Byron-Bergen Public Library at 7 p.m. Thursday for a Silly Bandz Swap! You'll have the chance to swap with other Silly Bandz fans as well as play games, enjoy refreshments and win prizes!

This event will take place at the library, at 13 South Lake Ave. in Bergen. For further details, call the library at 494-1120.

August 2, 2010 - 10:22pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, family, music, children, Byron-Bergen Public Library.
Event Date and Time: 
August 10, 2010 -
7:00pm to 8:15pm

The Byron-Bergen Public Library invites everyone to join them in celebrating the end of their Summer Reading Program with a concert by Dave Ruch, whose music is both interactive and entertaining!

This program is made possible by the New York State Council for the Arts' "Decentralization Program." It is free, open to the public, and lasts from 7 until 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

For more details, please call 494-1120.

April 8, 2010 - 12:41pm
posted by Susan Brownell in Byron-Bergen Public Library, book sale.
Event Date and Time: 
April 10, 2010 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

Byron-Bergen Public Library is having a book sale.

Stop in to buy fiction, nonfiction, VHS, audio books, and children’s books!!

Something for everyone!!

April 8, 2010 - 12:40pm
posted by Susan Brownell in Byron-Bergen Public Library, book sale.
Event Date and Time: 
April 9, 2010 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Byron-Bergen Public Library is having a book sale.

Stop in to buy fiction, nonfiction, VHS, audio books, and children’s books!!

Something for everyone!!

April 8, 2010 - 12:39pm
posted by Susan Brownell in Byron-Bergen Public Library, book sale.
Event Date and Time: 
April 8, 2010 -
2:00pm to 8:00pm

Byron-Bergen Public Library is having a book sale.

Stop in to buy fiction, nonfiction, VHS, audio books, and children’s books!!

Something for everyone!!

October 1, 2009 - 11:33pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Byron-Bergen Public Library.

A press release:

On Sept.14, the Byron-Bergen Public Library's Board of Trustees voted to put the annual Craft Fair on hold until 2010 due to the loss of our venue. The Board of Trustees understands the importance of this annual event and is fully committed to securing a new location. That process will begin early next year in anticipation of a Fall event. Please watch for additional details as they become available.

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