Woburn celebrates $31.5m library restoration and expansion
Woburn is holding a grand reopening of its public library on Saturday, March 16, celebrating the completion of a $31.5 million renovation and expansion of the historic Pleasant Street facility.
The city bond-funded project involved a complete restoration of the 19th-century National Historic Landmark designed by celebrated architect Henry Hobson Richardson, and construction of a new wing.
The event, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., begins with a celebration that includes performances by the Woburn Memorial High School’s band and its a cappella choir. There will also be a ribbon-cutting and a reading of an original poem written by Woburn resident and author Morgan Crooks to mark the occasion.
Throughout the afternoon, the public is invited to explore the building’s new and renovated spaces and view the new technology installed in nearly every department. A story time will be held in the children’s room throughout the afternoon, where visitors can also see a new robot-themed checkout kiosk.
“This library project has been an outstanding example of the citizens of Woburn coming together to restore the crown jewel of our community, which will now also provide the space for its rich resources to serve as a true cultural center for all of Woburn’s residents,” Mayor Scott Galvin said in a statement.
The project was designed by CBT Architects, whose previous projects include the renovation of Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy — another Richardson-designed building — restoration of the Senate Chamber at the State House, and creation of the new wing at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.