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Fairport Voters Asked to Approve $4.5 Million for Library Renovation

Changes are coming to the Fairport Library, if voters there give the okay to spend $4.5 million  on the project.

A May 20 vote is scheduled for residents of the Fairport Central School District on whether to borrow $4.3 million to upgrade the library.  $200,000 dollars would be used from a capital fund for the rest.

Library director Betsy Gilbert says one proposal includes infrastructure changes to accommodate the new technology. "So we're adding a lot of electrical outlets, something very basic and simple, but something you have to have in order to use technology. And then we'll be putting all the wiring in place to add work stations for things we don't even know exist, 3-D printers perhaps, on down the road."

The renovation plan also calls for a new library entrance from Kennelley Park, new carpeting, and more space for children's programming.

Five public meetings are scheduled on proposed changes.  They will all be held at the Fairport Library at 7 p.m. on March 26; 2 p.m. on March 27; 7 p.m. on April 10; 2 p.m. on April 23; and 10 a.m. on April 26.

More information about the renovation plan can be found at the library’s website at

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.