A library that was at risk of closing five years ago is now making plans to get bigger.
The Fenton Free Library is poised to receive an $8,500 grant from Broome County’s Small Communities Fund.
The money will be used for Delta Engineers to conduct a feasibility study on a 1,500 square foot expansion to the library in Hillcrest.
The addition, built onto the building’s north side, would be primarily used for public events and storage.
Library Director Korin Spencer says the Fenton Free Library is the heart of the community.
“We have many groups that use the library. We have many groups that want to use the library that we don’t always have the space for. We are very excited to announce that we, hopefully, in 2020, will be able to start adding on to the library,” said Spencer.
Spencer says that if the library chooses to go forward with the project, it will seek funding from the Four County Library System, local foundations, and private donors.
The announcement was made Wednesday during the library’s Wednesday Storytime Fair.