Grand opening Aug. 22 for new learning center

Evans & McGraw Learning Center honors 2 former Irondequoit librarians
Posted on 08/08/2018

The front of the new Evans & McGraw Learning Center.
The West Irondequoit Central School District will honor two former longtime librarians at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 during a grand opening ceremony of the new Evans & McGraw Learning Center. Located at 45 Cooper Road, the building is named after Pauline Evans and Helen C. McGraw. Noelle Gangarossa, a 2018 Irondequoit High School graduate, came up with the name.

WICSD Superintendent Jeff Crane, State senator Rich Funke, Assembly majority leader Joe Morelle and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, along with Town of Irondequoit officials, are expected to attend. The Gangarossa family also will be at the ceremony.

Evans led a grassroots campaign in the 1940s to start the first public library in the Town of Irondequoit, and the Titus-Cooper Library was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1947 in the basement of the old Lincoln-Rochester Bank at 621 Titus Ave.

McGraw became the first Library Director for the Irondequoit Library at the same branch on Feb. 1, 1958. Just three years later, after the town voted to build two new libraries, the new Helen McGraw Branch opened at 2180 East Ridge Road and the 45 Cooper location was named the Pauline Evans Branch. Those were the two libraries Gangarossa remembered visiting as a child with her younger sister, Lauren. “We didn’t know which was which, but we remembered the names,” Noelle said.

That’s why the soon-to-be Saint Bonaventure freshman suggested the name after Irondequoit High business teacher Louis DiCesare asked students for their creative input.

“I thought the names should be honored because they were there for a good reason in the first place,” Noelle said. The East Ridge and Cooper road locations were consolidated when the new town library opened in 2015. But now 45 Cooper Road has a new name and new beginning.

The learning center is
a hub for curriculum leaders, geared toward their professional development so they can learn, collaborate and share teaching strategies that enhance instruction for our students. It's only available to select students who are recommended by administrators and teachers. 

The public is welcome to attend the Aug. 22 ceremony.


Jeff DiVeronica, Director of Public Information