For the sake of the community we love, the time is now to renovate and expand the heart of our community. Our library was last expanded 20 years ago. We have more than quadrupled annual patron visits since that time. Thanks to our dedicated librarians, and despite space limitations, our library offers an impressive number of programs and activities, fulfilling our goal to provide free and open access to information that supports education for all ages. The Trustees recognize that to best serve the community, more space would provide the opportunity for beneficial capabilities we do not have today.
We do not have a space suitable for teen activities. We do not have program space with storage to support multi-session programs. We do not have small meeting space for tutoring, videoconferencing or webinar viewing.
We are planning to raise some of the building costs through private donations. On March 11th, 2020, voters will be asked to support a small Warrant Article for a small step toward expansion that will help investigate engineering and soils reports, and ask for full architectural plans. The Trustees are hoping 2021 will be the year the town sees full funding and construction.
We need your help now.
Please consider volunteering your time for us, hosting a small gathering in your home for an information evening, or letting us know that you are willing to state publicly that this is a community cause you support. Supporters build supporters. We are fundraising now. Donate now and join the charge. We are counting on you. You are indispensable to our beautiful community of Newbury.