Changes are underway at Plumb Memorial Library. Projects to restore the 1895-building\u2019s historic beauty and others focused on creating modern spaces and better access at the Wooster Street library are in motion. It\u2019s part of an ongoing and collaborative effort of The Library Board of Directors, Friends of the Shelton Library System and the City of Shelton. One of the most recent and noticeable changes is the gutting and renovation of Plumb\u2019s main Meeting Room \u2014 located on the lower level. The roughly $80,000 renovation is being funded through The Library Board and will include a new floor and ceiling, cabinetry, screen, television and outlets along the wall. \u201cThe room is used quite often by the community and the library,\u201d Library Director Joan Stokes said. \u201cThese renovations open up a world of possibilities.\u201d Stokes and Library Board members Jim Geissler and Aleta Miner sat down with The Herald recently to discuss some of the projects. The renovation of the meeting room will take approximately three months. Until then, programming is being moved to Plumb\u2019s historic Reading Room and Huntington Branch Library. \u201cThis really is Phase 1 of a decade-long project,\u201d Miner said. \u201cBy the time we\u2019re finished the whole library will be renovated and restored. The public just needs to have have patience in meantime.\u201d The Meeting Room renovation means the Friends of the Library Book Sale will be postponed until spring and no book donations will be accepted as there is nowhere to store those donations. When the Meeting Room is reopened there will be no public fee to rent it out, according to Geissler. The library previously charged a nominal fee. The Board of Aldermen also recently approved funding to improve Plumb\u2019s handicap accessibility by installing an elevator, according to Miner. A timeline for the elevator project is in the works. Historic beauty A few years ago, the Library Board set to working to restore dismantled and damaged Tiffany glass windows in the basement. The windows were original to the original 1895 building. With expert help of Michael Skrtic of The Glass Source of Seymour, and some of the board\u2019s own sweat equity, the windows are restored and back in the historic section of the library. \u201cWe all did some cleaning and scraping,\u201d Geissler said. \u201cWe have some sweat equity in those windows.\u201d Two of the large and elaborate windows, one of which depicts the Roman Goddess of Wisdom Minerva, adorn the Reading Room in backlit boxed frames, paid for by the Friends of the Shelton Libraries. Restoring the two windows cost the Library Board about $35,000. A third window, called the Red Lion Window, was recently restored and placed back in a window frame in a study room where archival materials are kept. The board had initially been concerned about putting the window in a frame, for fear of vandals. The Glass Source has installed a protective piece to the outside of the window, to protect it from damage. \u201cIt belongs in the window frame,\u201d Geissler said. \u201cWhen you see that natural light come through it, it just makes it.\u201d The Red Lion restoration cost the Library Board $17,000, but it was money well-spent, according to Miner and Geissler. Library patrons often stop to admire the \u201cnew\u201d addition. \u201cThis building is on the National Register of Historic Places,\u201d Miner said of the original library building. \u201cWe can\u2019t change it but we can restore it.\u201d Momentum In addition to renovation projects underway and others in the pipeline, Plumb staff are seeing growth and new ways residents are using services, according to Stokes. The Children\u2019s and Teen departments saw record participation in summer reading programs. Books are still the backbone, according to Stokes, but access to computers and community programs are also a large draw for residents. \u00a0 \u201cWe\u2019re providing a service that may be used in a different way but more necessary than ever, Stokes said. Plumb has also announced it will reopen on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting this weekend. Miner and Geissler credited Stokes and the staff for building strong connections in the community. They see the growth continuing going forward. \u201cIt\u2019s really exciting and we would like to continue the momentum,\u201d Miner said.