Renovation work will keep Lenox Library closed until Oct. 1

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LENOX — The town library will be closed for interior renovation starting Tuesday, with a reopening set for Oct. 1.

The shutdown is caused by the installation of a new first-floor information desk in the current new materials area of the Main Street library, said Director Amy Lafave.

"Attractive built-in shelving for the library's new materials will flank the fireplace, taking cues from the classic details of the existing trim work," she stated. The contractor is Countryside Woodcraft, based in the Hampden County town of Russell.

The first floor housed the Registry of Deeds while Lenox was the Berkshire County seat, and the building served as the county courthouse from 1816 until 1869, when the county seat was transferred to Pittsfield.

In 1903, the library appropriated the first-floor space from the recently vacated Lenox National Bank, after alterations by James Clifford's Sons. The bank had been housed in the building since 1889.

The $50,000 renovation project, designed by Lenox architect Mark Smith, is funded from a $500,000 gift of the late William W. Goessel to honor his wife, Nancy, who was an ardent supporter of the Lenox Library.

The gift was designated to support internal building improvements, said Barbara Goldberg, president of the Lenox Library Association, which raises money to augment town funding.

Due dates during the shutdown for books and other materials will be extended into the following week, Lafave said.

The entire project should be completed by the end of October, she added, but the new materials section will be accessible starting Oct. 1, when the library reopens.

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