The Eastern Monroe Public Library has branches in Pocono Township, Stroudsburg, and Middle Smithfield Township. The one in Middle Smithfield is in a rental property, and it's too expensive to stay there long term.

   That's why they are working with officials from Middle Smithfield Township to build a multi-purpose facility. The new building, which will be constructed at Echo Lake Park ten minutes from the current site, will host the library, an emergency shelter, community center, and small museum.

   There is no timetable yet as approvals are still being processed.