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Back to the Books: Library Reopens

Miguel Garcia-Colon, branch manager at the Byram Shubert Library, welcomed his regular patrons back with open arms and a huge smile Monday after a two-week closure for carpet installation.

"It is so wonderful to be back," he said. " Some of our patrons brought us soup and even a pound cake as a welcome gift."

Regular visitors are glad the library has reopened. Manuel Bonvenuto, a longtime Greenwich resident, said he hadn't missed going to the library a day in his life. Because of the closure, he had to catch a ride with friends or family to the Greenwich Library.

"The libraries are one of the most important assets this town has besides the schools," he said. "I have never met a librarian that doesn't go above and beyond your expectations."

The library closed Aug. 7 because of deteriorating carpet and computer wires that needed to be moved. "The new carpet gives the library a very warm feeling," said Andrea Vaz, a library technical assistant. "It is very comfortable to walk on, and the furniture looks fabulous with it."

According to Colon, the carpet has padding underneath it to make it easier to walk on. The new color complements the furniture and makes dirt less visible, he said.

"You have everything at your finger tips at the library," Bonvenuto said. "There are DVDs to rent, stories to be told. It is such a wonderful place

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