Middletown officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Middletown Library which recently moved to the Roosevelt Community Center, 464 S. Old Middletown Road.

Township and state officials cut the ribbon for the new facility on Sunday after staff have spent the last few weeks moving books from their old Pennell Road location 4 miles away.

The community center building was the site of the former Rose Tree Media Roosevelt Elementary School until the 1980s and has now been transformed into the Middletown Township Roosevelt Community Center as part of a $ 6.2 million project.

The building consists of two wings – the east wing which was built in 1921 and houses the Middletown Township Historical Society and has several renovated classrooms for use by the community.

The mid-century modern west wing that was built in 1952 now houses the library.

The Township of Middletown purchased the property in late 2015 to preserve the building and surrounding open space for community use.

Funds for the project were supported in part by a grant from the Commonwealth Libraries Office. Pennsylvania Department of Education, with funds provided by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The township funded more than half, without the need to raise taxes, officials said.

All systems including plumbing, electrical, fire extinguishing and HVAC have been inspected and restored to working order. New high-efficiency lighting and ceiling tiles were installed, and the interior of the building was painted and polished.

“We’ve been open for two weeks at our new library and we like to see everyone again after being closed a little longer than expected,” library officials said on their website. “Thank you very much for your patience while we were closed and we hope you like the new library as much as we do! “

The Middletown Library is now located at the Roosevelt Community Center, 464 S. Old Middletown Road. (PHOTO SENT)

‘The Roosevelt Community Center not only brings a historic school back to life, but offers us a state-of-the-art library as well as new community space and soon a’ Mark’s Park ‘play area for our residents at the far end. south of the township on foot or by bike, ”Middletown Council Chairman Mark Kirchgasser said. “We are delighted to have recycled the old Roosevelt School into such a great facility. “

The architect for the project was a local firm, Erdy McHenry Architecture. Domus Inc. was the general contractor.

The entrance to the library is at the back of the building. On Friday and Saturday November 5 and 6 there will be a grand opening celebration and on Friday November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., a craft beer festival will be held to raise funds for the library.

The township has purchased the old library building, but has yet to release plans for its use. Other improvements to the Roosevelt Community Center are still in transition, including improved parking and landscaping.

Cutting the ribbon was part of a busy day at the new library. Earlier that morning the Mark Dombroski Memorial 5K was run. Hundreds of runners participated in the event and the organization raised over $ 35,000 for an all-inclusive playground to be located at the community center.

In 2018, Mark died in a fall accident in Bermuda while traveling with the St. Joe’s men’s rugby team. Her family has created a foundation to fund organizations that support and promote youth education, athletics, safety and well-being in her memory.