Posted by: David Giacalone | August 3, 2012

Library’s new Children’s Wing sparkles

– above: new Schenectady County Public Library addition seen from Liberty Street  –

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. click on a photo for a larger version; scroll over it for a description .

   The new Children’s Wing of the Schenectady County Public Library was opened on July 30, 2012, and has been getting rave reviews. (See, e.g, a Gazette article about the opening, and an admiring editorial from a prior skeptic; subscription needed to view articles.).

    Below this collage of photos of the new addition is a Gallery with more photos; you can click on each of them for a larger version. And, use this short URL to share this posting:

– outdoor photos taken just before sunset, August 2, 2012; interior shots taken Aug. 1, 2012 –


 Thanks go out to Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library for their many contributions to the success of the Library’s new addition project — from over $300,000 in donations, to advocacy that kept the main branch open during the renovation and construction.  I’m very pleased to say that the Friends’ website is currently using a collage of photos seen in this posting in its masthead. (Click here to see my passionate reaction in May 2008 to the County’s inane “plan” to close the main branch for 18 months in order to implement the expansion project.  The outrage and advocacy of the Friends group greatly helped organize a public outcry and applied pressure and persuasion that quickly achieved a far more palatable “compromise.”)


  1. Hello David,

    Thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful photographs!
    The new Children’s Wing of the Schenectady County Public Library
    looks great!

    Much thanks!

    • many thanks, Yu, for your customarily kind comments.

  2. Beautiful photos, great blurb about us! If you don’t mind, I will post a link to your blog on our web site.Thank you!
    Chris Witkowski
    Friends of the Library Publicity Chair

    • Thank you, Chris, for your comment and link, and the role your group played in getting the addition completed (without closing the building for many a year!). It’s an honor to have you link to my site. (I never have a problem with someone linking to any of my weblogs, and can’t figure out why some bloggers and webmasters try to prevent links.)

  3. David – do you sell your photos? Just curious- the composite one would look great on notecards for the Friends.

    Noticed your name mentioned in the Gazette editorial about SCCC dorm.

  4. David,
    Thanks for posting the beautiful photos of the new library addition! Your photos are the best I’ve seen so far. I think the addition is great in it’s own right, and it makes the older part of the library look more exciting, by opening it up to more light and color! Your photos convey that excitement.

    • It’s my pleasure, Fred. Everyone at the Friends group has been most gracious. Thanks.

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