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Seymour Library presents the new Richard S. and Jeanne Z. Dunn Family Space!

Seymour Library presents the new Richard S. and Jeanne Z. Dunn Family Space!

After serving the community for over 100 years, the Seymour Library Children’s Room required a facelift.

Children's Storytime in 1948 - black and white image from the Children's Room

In 2019, Seymour Library used a bequest from Mrs. Jeanne Z. Dunn to secure a grant from NYS Construction Aid to Public Libraries to revamp the library’s lower level. Using this NYS grant and the Dunn bequest, Seymour Library created the new Richard S. and Jeanne Z. Dunn Family Space. The Family Space revamp, totaling around $600,000, offers a designated study area, a reading room, updated furnishings, a special reading nook for children, and new windows that bring natural light into the space. The renovation also includes a new lift that allows visitors with mobility issues access to areas never available in the past.

The Family Space revamp included the following improvements:

  • Designated Study Area
  • Reading Room
  • Updated Furnishings
  • Special Reading Nook for Children
  • New Windows for Natural Light
  • New Lift – allowing visitors with mobility issues access to areas never available in the past

The project started in earnest at the end of March 2020, with a timeline of six months from start to finish. However, the pandemic created various setbacks and delays, so after almost a year of closing the former Children’s Room, Seymour Library was excited to announce a soft opening on Valentine’s Day! The perfect day to love your library!

Soft Opening at Seymour Library Family Space - Children with mother checking out books

The library is pleased to report that families are enjoying the new space. In particular, Amy’s Nook, a new feature that utilizes space underneath one of the library’s staircases. Amy’s Nook is in memorial to Amy Walsh Underhill, daughter of long-standing patron, Marcia Walsh. We are certain Amy would have approved and invite you to check out some books and our new space!


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