Edgartown Library will sponsor a forum on building plans

A sketch of the proposed new Edgartown Library on the site of the old Edgartown School. — Photo courtesy of Edgartown Library

The staff of the Edgartown Public Library will present a free, informational program on building plans for the town’s new library at 7 pm on Wednesday, downstairs in the children’s room.

The presentation is part of an effort to inform voters about the project in the weeks prior to Edgartown’s annual town meeting and elections on April 10 and 12, when voters will be asked to support a $4.9-million bond issue for the construction project.

The program is entitled “Edgartown’s New Library: A Librarian’s Perspective,” said Lisa Sherman, who is serving as interim director of the library while the search for a permanent director is underway. “We know the library trustees and library building committee are planning public presentations as town meeting time nears. This is our opportunity to explain the project from the standpoint of the library staff – the people who are looking forward to serving our patrons better in this new facility.”

Leading the program will be Nis Kildegaard, reference librarian, who last year worked closely with the library building committee to write the town’s successful $5 million grant application to the state board of library commissioners. The state recently notified Edgartown that it can expect to receive the first payments from that $5 million grant early in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2013.

“Like the firemen who explain why their department needs a new truck to better serve the people of town, we intend to walk our audience through the new library,” said Mr. Kildegaard – “explaining all the ways it will improve the services we provide to our patrons. We’ll be providing time for questions, and we hope people will bring lots of them to the library on March 14.”