Moffat Library of Washingtonville
3348 Route 208
Building 2, Suite 2
Campbell Hall, NY 10916
Phone: (845)496-5483
Restore. Renew. Reimagine.
MOFFAT LIBRARY Grand Reopening Gala Celebration
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Moffat Library Building Update

Moffat Library Building Update
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Library Trustees Ruth Manyin, Jeanne Versweyveld and Jim Casazza visited Chapman Stained Glass in Albany where the library’s Tiffany and Belcher windows are under restoration.

Much has happened since our groundbreaking ceremony on April 6th.  As is evident to everyone driving into the heart of Washingtonville, our new Library is taking shape.  The concrete has been poured for the new addition sections and the steel is in place as well. The concrete flooring and ramps for the reading porch are also finished.  Windows are being installed and our Tiffany & Belcher windows are undergoing restoration.

The envelope of the building should be completed by the end of December so that they can continue work throughout the winter on the interior.  The slate on the roof should be in place before the winter snows come.  This will be an exciting event since it will again show our building as it was in all its 1887 glory.  The original slate roof was removed and replaced with an asbestos roof tile during a 1950’s renovation.  Now the beautiful and sturdier slate will again grace our building.

The building committee and the library staff are now concentrating on choices for furniture, shelving, decorating ideas, and carpeting.  Our technology consultant is working with the architects and library staff on the development of a plan for the infrastructure needed for the latest equipment.  We will truly have a library equipped for the 21st century!

The excitement generated by our progress is palpable.  An events committee is already working on the ways we will be celebrating the grand re-opening of our fabulous Moffat Library.  We expect events to begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer culminating in a grand opening in September 2017.  Look for announcements of events and ways you can help and participate!

-The Board of Trustees of Moffat Library of Washingtonville

Moffat Library Building Photo Gallery

MOFFAT LIBRARY Building Photo Gallery
Library staff have created a photo gallery to document the historic Restore, Renew & Reimagine Moffat Library building renovation and expansion project.

This chronological photo documentary begins with the devastation left from the 2011 Hurricane Irene flood that left the building unusable, on to the demolition of the adjacent buildings to make way for a larger library parking lot, to the April, 2016 Groundbreaking Ceremony and on the subsequent removal of old tile from the library roof and demolition of the extensively-damaged additions to the buildings.

Be sure to periodically check in to keep abreast of a visual story of the beloved Moffat Library building! Updates coming soon!
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Historic Moffat Library Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2016

The community of Washingtonville, New York celebrated the start of a building process to “Restore, Renew and Reimagine” the Moffat Library of Washingtonville on Wednesday, April 6th with an official groundbreaking ceremony at the library.

Rendered uninhabitable by flooding during Hurricane Irene in 2011, and turned over to the Moffat Library Board of Trustees by the Town of Blooming Grove in 2013, the Board secured the services of Butler Roland Mays Architects to work with the Board and staff to develop a building plan to present to the Washingtonville community.  A successful Washingtonville School District Referendum vote in March, 2015 to secure a $6.92 million bond to restore and enlarge the library building passed with overwhelming support from the community.

Designated as a historic landmark and placed on the National Register in 1994, the Moffat Library was designed by architect George Edward Harney in the Queen Anne style in 1887.  The library’s landmark tower features an original Howard clock and the roof of the formal entrance is supported by elaborately scrolled Greek columns. The renovation plan will preserve these and other 19th century historical elements, while incorporating 21st century technology and design.

The renovation, redesign and expansion of the building will feature an open-floor plan, the newest technologies and cost-efficient heating and cooling systems, in a park-like, landscaped setting that will “revitalize the Village of Washingtonville’s downtown,” said David Heintz, Mayor of Washingtonville, at the library’s long-awaited groundbreaking.

Updated Timeline

Everyone is eager to return to our beautiful historic Moffat Library building in the center of Washingtonville.  In 2013 The Library Board of Trustees formed a special building committee to work on this project.  The committee includes library trustees, the library director, and members of the community.

To show our progress, listed here are the steps taken to reach the goal of returning to the Moffat Library building and what we expect to happen in the near future.

Click here for our timeline to restore, renew & reimagine the Moffat Library.

Demolition for New Moffat Library Car Park Completed

The two buildings at 16 & 18-20 West Main Street were demolished on Monday, August 10, 2015.  90% of the demolished materials will be recycled.

The space created will provide for a new parking lot to accommodate approximately 25-30 vehicles, as well as a small addition for the newly Restored, Renewed and Re-Imagined Moffat Library.

The fully renovated 6 West Main Library building is currently scheduled to open September 2017.

Moffat Library of Washingtonville Bond Referendum Passage

PRESS RELEASE – March 27, 2015

The Moffat Library of Washingtonville is pleased to announce that the $6.922 million bond referendum, which will enable the library to restore, renew and re-imagine its 1887 Historic Landmark Moffat Library building, passed with resounding support on March 3, 2015.  The vote tally of 733 yes votes and 289 no clearly showed how much the community values its public library.

Site preparation work will start this spring, with the primary construction beginning in the spring of 2016.  The main construction project is expected to take between 13-18 months.  It is anticipated that the library will reopen in the historic Moffat Library building in the early fall of 2017.

The Moffat Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the staff, the Friends of Moffat Library and the many volunteers who helped in this successful endeavor.  This outcome would not have been possible without their unwavering dedication.  Sincerest thanks.  And last, but certainly not least, many thanks to the community who came out to vote and showed their support of Moffat Library in a very real and tangible way.

Thank you!

Thanks to Those Supporting the Campaign for a “Restored, Renewed and Reimagined” Moffat Library!

I see it as a community congregant point for our residents – old and young, and an integral part of our community.
Robert Fromaget – Blooming Grove Supervisor

The Moffat Library has been the heart and soul of the Village of Washingtonville for generations.  The restoration of this historic landmark would provide a much-needed stimulus for economic growth in the downtown area.
Rick LewisPresident, Blooming Grove Washingtonville Chamber of Commerce.

We look forward to the restoration and return of the historic Moffat Library to the village.  The library will be a beautiful centerpiece serving the total community.
Mark and Carol Roe, Former Blooming Grover Councilman; owners of Roe’s Orchards.

This is an ideal opportunity to support our local library in adapting to the advances offered in the Digital Era.  Your vote will not only enhance the many services that Moffat Library provides; but, it will also establish a community space for residents to come together to enjoy an ever-changing range of activities to meet the interests of all.
Frank Fornario – Former Blooming Grove Town Councilman and Town Supervisor.

I look forward to our Moffat Library, back in the middle of town, equipped for patrons of all ages, with the best offerings of the 21st century.  Come vote with me on March 3 and be part of the reality.
Rosemarie Werkman, Life Long Resident.

The Board of the Village of South Blooming Grove and I strongly support and endorse the proposed renovation of the Moffat Library in Washingtonville.  It is good for our children and all members of our community and would preserve and enhance a beautiful, iconic landmark.  Please vote in favor of this important proposal!
Rob Jerolomen, Mayor Village of South Blooming Grove.

The Moffat Library stands as not only a tribute to our past, but a path to our future through its historic significance and educational excellence.  This has been made possible through public support and enrollment in the numerous activities, community enrichment programs, and continued dedication of the Moffat Library Board.
David Heintz, Mayor Village of Washingtonville.