Edgartown library has grand opening

Vitas Alexander and Maisie Sherman cut the ribbon in front of the new library, held by Jack Laird, left, and Herb Foster, while Sarah Lively looks on. –Nis Kildegaard

A festive crowd turned out on Saturday afternoon for formal ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrating the completion of the new Edgartown Public Library (which has been open and serving patrons since March 21).

Speakers in the program which opened the afternoon included Chris Scott of the library building design committee, Mary Ann Cluggish of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Principal John Stevens of the Edgartown School, Deanna Ahearn-Laird of the library trustees, and library director Lisa Sherman. Also speaking were all three selectmen, Margaret Serpa, Art Smadbeck, and Michael Donaroma, who chairs the library building committee.

Principal Stevens noted that this area of Edgartown now features the elementary school, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, the town recreation fields, and what he described as “the crown jewel of this neighborhood,” the new library. Ms. Cluggish from the state, which gave some $5 million in grant funds for the library project, described the new facility as “a game changer for Edgartown.”

After the ribbon-cutting, patrons stayed to explore the new library, enjoying snacks provided by the Friends of the Edgartown Library and live music performed by the House Band.