Re-opening on June 16th!

The Zoé Vallé Memorial Library will be opening for the summer season on Tuesday, June 16th and will follow the usual summer hours. However, it will be a different experience for those who use the Library, as there will be certain protocols that will have to be followed due to COVID-19 public health regulations.

Only one person at a time will be allowed in the Library.

People must bring and wear a mask and gloves for their own protection, the Library staff protection and the protection of others who may come after them.

In addition, users will be asked to clean their gloves with hand sanitizer (which will be provided), at the entrance before touching books.

Social distancing must be observed while in the Library.

Returned books will be kept in isolation for at least 72 hours before being put back on the shelves.

The Library Garden will be open to visit, with a posted reminder to practice social distancing.

At the Lightfoot Tower, we will have a sign reminding the public to respect social distancing while going up the Tower.

We thank you in advance for understanding and for observing these protocols, which are in place to keep everyone safe. Welcome back, everyone!

Library Closure

3D image of the coronavirus: Wikimedia Commons

Due to public heath measures related to the COVID-19 virus, the Library will be closed until April 7, 2020. At that time, an assessment will be made regarding opening or remaining closed. Thanks for your understanding.

Re-cladding completed!

The re-cladding of the oldest section of the Library building has been completed. As you can see from the image above, it looks wonderful. There will still have to be some painting of window and other trim to restore the traditional green once the weather is better.

The addition at the rear of the Library is next to receive attention. The shingles, which date from 1931, are still in good shape so only the trim around the windows and door will have to be replaced, as well as the trim along the roof line. There are also new black aluminium storm windows waiting to be installed once that work is done.

Once Spring has arrived, we will begin to repair the grass and the beds that sustained some damage due to the construction process. By the time mid-summer arrives, the Library site will look even more beautiful than before.

Thanks must go out to the carpenters of Colebuilt Inc. of Chester for their outstanding and professional craftsmanship and their sensitivity to the heritage of the site. Well done, indeed!

New Shingles!

Now that the insulation has been blown in, the contractor has started installing the new shingles. The shingles are pre-painted with two coats of paint on all sides. Below are some images.

Here we see the east side and front shingled halfway up the windows. The top of the east side still has the old shingles.
The west side is ready for shingles all the way to the roof.
The south side or rear of the house. On the left are the new shingles and window and on the right is the 1931 section of the building, which will be done next year.
This is a close up of the completed section of the front of the building. One can see the new shingles, new window trim and the new black storm windows. The window trim will be painted green in the spring to make the building appear as it did before.

Prepping For Insulation

In addition to the re-cladding of the older section of the Library building, the Municipality of Chester is also insulating the building with blown-in cellulose insulation. Because the insulation is blown-in, there is always a possibility for dust to be forced into the interior of the building, especially when that building more than 200 years old.

Below are some photos of the preparations that were done to prevent, as much as possible, dust being blown into the building and covering books and everything else. These photos are of the Book Room, which has remained pretty much as it was since Zoé’s time. The outside walls of every room had to be checked and taped if required…along baseboards, around windows, electrical outlets and so on.

First all the books and shelves on the exterior walls had to be removed and piled in an organized way to make re-shelving them easier. Every crack and space had to be covered with blue masking tape.
Even the holes drilled for the shelf supports had to be covered in the corner where the bookcases met. Clear plastic tape was used to cover tears in the brown paper that acts as a backing to the bookcases.
Where the window frames meet the bookcases is another area that could see dust infiltration. These areas were also taped as a precaution.
In this section of bookcases, the floor has separated from the wall about three inches when the house settled many years ago. That gap between the lowest shelf and the wall had to be covered by cardboard as well as tape
In this photo and the one below, one can see that we added a second line of defense against the dust by taping plastic drop sheets over the exterior wall bookcases.
Now we hope for the best as we wait for insulation day.

Re-cladding has begun!

The Municipality of the District of Chester, which owns the Library, has awarded the contract to re-clad the exterior of the older section of the building. New shingles, new trim on the windows and new storm windows will be installed. The Municipality is paying for the work out of their 2019/2020 budget and the new storm windows are a gift from Nancy Hatch.

Below are some pictures of the work being started. We will add more as things progress.

A Gift from The Good House

This week. the latest film production to shoot in Chester, The Good House, wrapped up work in the village. One of the producers dropped by the Library and kindly gave us her reference copy of the novel that the script is based on, which was written by Ann Leary.

The book was signed by cast members Sigourney Weaver, Morena Baccarin, Rebecca Henderson, Sebastien Labelle, Molly Brown and Rob Delaney. Also included were signatures of Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, who collaborated on the script and the film’s direction. The film is set to be released in the fall of 2020.

A Special Donation of Books…

In August, Daniel Dickson downsized his bookshelves because his family was moving, and as a result the Library has dozens of new young adult titles, mostly fantasy and magical-themed works. Authors include Cornella Funke, Charlie Fletcher, Elizabeth Kay, Chris D’Lacey and, of course, J.K. Rowling. Below are a few pictures of the beautiful books we have as a result of this thoughtful and generous donation!