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Bala Cynwyd Library Officially Opens Doors After Renovation

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By Brad Segall

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (CBS) – The newly renovated and expanded Bala Cynwyd library in Lower Merion officially opened its doors to the public Sunday afternoon with a big celebration and lots of activities.

Head librarian Jean Knapp says when the building was constructed back in the 1970’s it was for books only. But now they have so much more, including DVDs and computers, that they needed more room.

The renovation includes nearly six thousand additional square feet to help alleviate the overcrowded conditions. Knapp says the library is still a focal point for the community.

“We’ve reorganized the library so that it’s, you know, a good gathering place for community people coming in to relax and enjoy reading or looking at the newspapers in the library itself or meeting up with other people for meetings,” Knapp explains.

The building was closed for about 16 months, so the staff, which had been working at other libraries in the township, is looking forward to coming home. The township plans to improve all six libraries. This is the second renovation.