On Saturday, May 7 the Milford Public Library held its Grand Opening to celebrate the completion of the newly constructed facility. Director Kay Hudson opened the ceremony by exclaiming “Wow folks, we did it!” Mrs. Hudson was referring to the countless hours of construction and community help that has been donated over the past five years. Thanks to those efforts the library has nearly doubled in size.
“This all started as a vision, but with help from the community it became a reality,” commented Mrs. Hudson.
Over five years, donations have poured in from around the Milford community of all shapes and sizes. Kay recalls the first donation that was given to her as a check for $10,000 and another donation that came from a local child who gave a box full of coins. All of the donations have helped build an impressive new facility that is dedicated to serving the community.
“What we have done here is left a wonderful legacy to the future generations of Milford,” stated President of the Library Trustees Richard Johnson.
The library has now opened its doors to serve the community with a collection of 46,000 items including fiction and non- fiction books, large print books, books on CD, DVD’s Periodicals and Newspapers and Music CD’s. The library also includes a 24-station computer lab with Microsoft software and internet access.
The new children’s wing, which was donated to the library by the Quinn family, will bring educational resources to community children with a new story time area, a summer reading program and a computer area with software that includes fun instructional programming.
The library today is far more than a depository for books and printed material and will serve as a community center. Director Kay M. Hudson hopes to have a “renewed focus on connecting with our community by providing services such as a job center, computer courses, lectures, and tutoring centers.” The community outreach that was synonymous with the library of yesterday will be the vision for its future. “We want this to end up being a community center, bringing together old and new Milford into one place.” stated Mrs. Hudson.
The Milford Library is located at 11 S.E. Front Street overlooking the Mispillion River and hopes to serve as the anchor to help with the revitalization effort downtown. With a Milford library card a patron also has access to all materials in all libraries throughout the State of Delaware, including universities, online databases and downloadable e-books and audio books. For more information on the Milford Public Library visit www.milfordpubliclibrary.org or contact the library at 302-422-8996.