New Cairo library projected to open in late spring

This map from the New York state education department depicts areas that are not served by public libraries. Many communities in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties remain underserved.

With roof trusses going up this week, construction on the new library in Cairo is reportedly progressing on schedule. Cairo's library has been sharing space in town hall with the court and offices since 1979 but, with the help of a $3 million loan and $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, its new location will allow the library room to grow. Additionally, Cairo was one of three municipalities in Greene County to receive a library construction grant -- $167,500 -- from New York state, for construction costs at the beginning of the building process.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the library may be complete as early as April, with a projected June opening. 

This week, the roof trusses are going up. The building will be enclosed and work there will continue through the winter, [resident inspector August Freemann of Freemann Project Management Services] said. Temporary heating inside will allow the work, including installation of wiring and ductwork, to go on.

The final elements of construction will be site work and re-paving of the parking lot.

The new library will sit on a parcel of land located behind town hall.