As a milestone at the end of the Phase Two construction project, the Town of Corinna and the Stewart Library Building Preservation Group hosted a rededication of the Stewart Library Building on Saturday, September 17. People gathered in the Jones Nutter Auditorium on the second floor to hear speakers and rededicate the building to the civic and cultural life of the community.
The goals of the Phase Two project were to repair and secure the building exterior, and to install upgrades needed to comply with safety and accessibility codes.
The new Smith Atrium entrance features a uniquely designed, three-story stairway, built without central support columns. It offers a remarkable view of the central area of the town. On the wall is a beautiful donor recognition display, listing those who have generously given to the project.
At the event, Town Manager, Serena Bemis-Goodall spoke of the work that has been done and the importance of the building in the community. Selectman Brent Mullis related memories of the place in his life and why the building is important to so many who grew up here. Committee chair, Ken Dow, offered thanks to the committee and many others involved in the project. Maine State Librarian, James Ritter talked of the value and importance of libraries and how libraries are transforming in the new age. Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Kirk Mohney conveyed the importance and principles of preservation efforts and how preservation of the Stewart Library Building fits in the work of these efforts around the country.
Those attending also enjoyed music provided by Bruce Brown, shared an opportunity to catch up with friends, sampled some delicious refreshments, and toured the building.