Seymour Library’s Building Improvement Plan

Phase One: Children’s Room Renovations

Children’s Room Renovations: Construction is now complete for Seymour Library’s Family Space!

View the Transition in our photo gallery

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!

Seymour Library proudly announces a new name! The Richard S. and Jeanne Z. Dunn Family Space officially opened on Valentine’s Day of 2022!

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.