POWHATAN POINT — Patrons of the Powhatan Level Public Library, the board of trustees and others turned out Friday for a grand opening celebration and open home on the facility’s new location.
Anthony Orsini, director of the Belmont County District Library, was proud of the turnout for the occasion that had been delayed due to COVID-19 issues.
“We hope everybody has a great time,” Orsini mentioned as folks walked across the library and talked with one another.
The library’s new location is within the former St. Vianney Catholic Church, which provides double the quantity of area because the previous constructing and has a big car parking zone as nicely.
Karley Fairbanks, fiscal officer for the district library, introduced her youngsters Louie, 5, and Ellie, 3, to the opening.
“I believe it’s nicely executed and a very long time coming for the group of Powhatan,” Fairbanks mentioned. “It seems to be stunning.”
The church constructing was bought by the Hendershot household, who in flip is leasing it to the library. The previous library constructing has been bought. The library has retained lots of the former church’s particulars together with the stained glass home windows, lighting fixtures and unique woodwork.
Jan Brubaker of Powhatan Level introduced her grandson Rex Grover, 5, to the open home.
“I believe it’s nice. We come to the storytimes right here. It’s a lot greater and it’s stunning in right here,” she mentioned.
Library board of trustees member Richard Hord was additionally impressed with the brand new location.
“It is a great facility. They did a wonderful job and this is a superb location. It’s very nice,” Hord mentioned, including the truth that it was beforehand a church might present some patrons with “further inspiration.”
Jane Stratton, Powhatan Level Public Library department supervisor, was excited concerning the new location.
“I’m simply so appreciative of the Hendershot household for offering us with this bigger facility,” Stratton mentioned. “Now we have extra space for storytimes, the guide membership and supplies.”
Stratton mentioned the big car parking zone makes it safer for households to convey their youngsters to the library, and it’s simpler for patrons typically to entry the constructing.
Powhatan resident Sally Hotlosz was a parishioner on the church for a few years earlier than it closed in October 2018. It mixed with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shadyside, the place she now attends companies. She famous she was pleased the Hendershot household bought the church constructing so it could possibly be used once more.
“It’s a fantastic asset to the group,” Hotlosz mentioned, including she was glad lots of the particulars of the church have been saved.
Library board of trustees members Keith Sommers and Bonnie Cook dinner additionally described the brand new location as “great.”