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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.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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