Members of the Rome community gathered around the beautiful library gardens to celebrate the completed library expansion project. The Ryan Larson American Legion Post 65 dedicated their donation of a flag and new flagpole. Patriotism could be heard through the voices as Town supervisor, John Haugen led everyone in song and guitar to "God Bless America." The new Lester Public Library of Rome Community Room was filled to overflowing with visitors from Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa and our homestate. "Many people worked long hours doing things like bratwurst sales, NYAT events, dinner theaters, and wine tastings to raise funds for this beautiful addition to the library," stated William Lindroth, vice chair of the Library Board of Trustees and emcee.
Marty Van Pelt, the South Central Library System Director spoke of how libraries have become incubators, "Books are still one of the most popular aspects of libraries but new technology and cultural shifts have impacted libraries in the services and facilities they need to provide." The new spaces will be utilized for additional adult and youth programming, communities meetings and fun family activities. "I am happy and proud to be here to honor the determination, persistence and vision of the library staff and community in building a new reality for the Lester Public Library of Rome," announced Ms. Van Pelt.
Jeanne Osgood, President of the Library Board of Trustees dedicated the library to the Rome community and spoke of the beautiful gardens that have been cared for by the Wood County Master Gardeners.
"This building has been 13 years in the making," commentedTown chairperson, Wayne Johnson, "this library is an asset to the community." Lore Ingram thanked all the investors and volunteers that made this project possible.