Grafton Public Library

Library Expansion Project UPDATE

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It’s not a done deal! Please plan to attend Town Meeting Monday May 8 to VOTE on the project design and to borrow $16.6 million to fund the project. Approximately $6.6 million may be reimbursed through the state. The Funding will come back as a ballot vote on the May 16 election ballot. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

A complete list of FAQs from public forums and focus groups, public comments and in-person questions at the Library is available.

NEXT LIBRARY PLANNING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday April 3 7 pm Municipal Center.

proposed design, NW view, by DRA

The MA Public Library Construction Program Grant has been turned in! We will hear about our award in July 2017.

The Library Planning and Building Committee met with DPW’s Building Committee and the Board of Selectman on Tuesday February 28.

Another series of community forums will be scheduled in March/April, to finalize the design to be voted on at Town Meeting Monday May 8 2017.

The Library Planning and Building Committee has selected Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc (DRA) to design the schematics (floor plan and elevations) required for the MA Board of Library Commissioner’s MA Public Library Construction Program Grant. The Board of Selectmen signed the contract to hire DRA for design services on Tuesday September 6.

Meeting Minutes from the Library Planning and Building Committee meetings are posted to the Town’s website.

The grant application was completed and submitted in January 2017, and a Letter of Intent was submitted in October 2016. Applying for the grant — and winning the grant! would allow the Town of Grafton to renovate and expand the 90-year old facility at nearly half the cost, adding a much-needed community meeting space, designated areas for quiet study, youth programs and collections, and dedicated work space for staff.  The grant would require us to build a library to meet the seating capacity and shelf space to accommodate a still growing collection of physical materials, plus parking, for a population of 22,122 residents in 2035, and would require us to provide parking based on square footage of the expanded facility. The building size in the building program is only an estimate, and we are aiming for a 21,000-25,000 sq foot facility, which would triple our current 7,400 sq foot space.

The money from the MA Public Library Construction Program grant has already been collected, and continues to be collected from Massachusetts tax revenues. While the cost of library renovation may impact your annual property tax bill, the Library provides return on investment to anyone who uses it’s facility. Borrowing books, DVDs, and games; loaning equipment; meeting for free in our shared space; using the computer; borrowing museum passes; picking up free tax forms; accessing subscription databases like Consumer Reports for free… it all adds up to the Library providing many free or discount services through our small municipal budget. If you have not stopped in recently, September is National Library Card Sign up Month — stop in to see what you’ve been missing!

It’s still too early to put a price tag on the project, but perhaps residents can start to think in terms of:

  • for the cost of 4 hardcover books…
    … I can check out 50 books at a time for FREE at the Library, investing that $100* in our future!
  • for the cost of 1 cup of coffee a week…
    …I can buy my coffee for a buck at the Library instead, investing that other $50* in our future!
  • for the cost of a year’s subscription to Netflix…
    … we can improve the Library and I can use Hoopla for free to stream movies from the Library, investing that $80* in our future!
  • for the cost of 4 music lessons…
    … I can access ArtistWorks for FREE and learn piano, guitar, banjo and more, online through the Library, investing that $100* in our future!

*It is likely the grant will reimburse around $6.6 million of the $14.6 million in eligible costs! The remaining $10 million will be fundraised, donated by Friends, Trustees, and the Capital Campaign, with the balance funded by taxpayers.

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