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New State-Of-The-Art Library Opens In Springfield

    A new public library is open in western Massachusetts. 

    After a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, the $10 million East Forest Park Branch Library in Springfield opened to the public.

    Head librarian Grace Larochelle said the state-of-the-art 18,000-square foot facility includes dedicated reading rooms, 50 computer terminals, a maker space with a 3D printer and media lab.

    " Whenever the news of a new library hits, people come from everywhere to check it out," said Larochelle, " This one is so beautiful and so amazing I hope everyone comes to check us out."

    The new library replaced one that was located in a cramped strip mall storefront.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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