MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Nicholas Alva was the oldest of three Boy Scouts attending the Mamaroneck Library's ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, which just happened to fall on all three of their birthdays.
Alava, 17, shares a birthday with fellow Boy Scouts William Roberts, 14, and Joseph Yang, 10, who will transition from a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout this coming April.
Saturday, they were library patrons.
"We use a lot of their resources," said Yang's mother Corrine. "He's an avid reader. We came here for the summer reading program."
Alva's family frequented the Mamaroneck Library before it began a three-year renovation in 2008, during which they used the Harrison Library. The Mamaroneck family of three is excited to explore the large facility's new layout.
The Alvas aren't the only one's excited, according to Joseph Vozza, who said 700 new library cards have been issued since the soft opening June 30 .
Since reopening, Roberts has enjoyed the new teen room, which features six computers, a flat-screen television and an X-Box gaming console, which had been in the works since June 30 and was made available for the first time Saturday. The library also uses the television for Film Fridays from 3:15 to 5 p.m., which Roberts and his friends have attended.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in front of the library on Prospect Avenue at 10 a.m. and began with a performance by The Force, the Mamaroneck High School's drum corps.
Many dignitaries spoke to the large crowd filling Prospect Avenue, which was closed from Mamaroneck Avenue to Library Lane for the event. Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 to Sept. 24 as Mamaroneck Library week.
"I think it's a great success," said Joseph Vozza, the newest members of the Mamaroneck Library Board of Trustees. "It was amazing to see all the dignitaries coming out and speaking positively. I'm very proud to be a member of this board."
"It's very inviting and comfortable," said Karon Rivituso, whose sons Michael, 7, and Raymond, 11, like using the self-checkout. "I like the layout."
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