Seymour Library’s Building Improvement Plan

Seymour Library strives to be the community’s hub for learning and discovery. Not only does this mean offering new resources, technology, and programs to our library users, but also keeping our space up-to-date.

The library opened at 176-178 Genesee Street, in the Case Memorial Building in 1903. Since then it has had two major additions, in 1972 and 1993, when the west lobby (what is now the main lobby) was added with a new accessible entrance.

Over the last five years, the library has renovated our History Discovery Space (2016), and in 2019 construction was completed on the library’s new IDEA Lab.

Now the library is starting a new phase of renovations.

Phase One: Children’s Room Renovations

Children’s Room Renovations: Construction is underway at Seymour Library as renovations are being made to update our Children’s Room into our new family space.

Seymour Library’s Children’s Room is at the heart of the library and our community. Over 100  years of storytimes have taken place at the 176-178 Genesee Street location, where the library moved to in 1903. A century later, the library offers families more than just storytimes, with hands-on interactive programs, connections to local community groups, and engaging resources like learning backpacks, science and technology tools, games, and more. 

To meet the needs of our 21st-century families, to continue to expand our collections and programs, the current Children’s Room space, which was last updated in 1972, needed to be reimagined. 

Friends of Seymour Library - Images of various programming

Your Library Reimagined

The library board, director, and staff have been working with the design and planning firm Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP, to develop a plan based on feedback from the 2018 community discussions. The Children’s Room renovations, scheduled to start in March 2021, are phase one of our building improvement plan.

*Butler Rowland Mays Architects, LLP  specializing in libraries, civic, and municipal buildings and spaces. To view their past projects, visit their website:

Our Goal: To create a space where families can connect, explore, and learn together.

family space design page 1
family space design plan page 2
  • Study/Tutor room
  • Accessible lift between floors
  • Staff office
  • Specialized collection geared towards families 
  • Updated technology & furnishings
  • Reading nooks

New Space, New Name!

A name for the new space will be announced later this summer. 

Funding for these renovations comes from an NYS Aid for Library Construction grant, a bequest for the estate of Mrs. Jeanne Z. Dunn, and a grant from the Stanley W. Metcalf Foundation and the D. W. French Foundation. 

share your story from the children's room

Share Your Story

From storytime to science experiments, cupcake decorating to yoga- a lot has happened in Seymour Library’s Children’s Room over the years. 

Do you have a favorite memory of the Children’s Room or a photo that you would like to share? Send us an email to Responses will be shared on our Facebook page and website. 

We look forward to many more fun programs in our new space!

100 Years of Storytimes

Click here to view pictures from storytimes over the years.