In recognition of the unprecedented health crisis and economic hardship created by the COVID-19 global pandemic, a motion was made and passed unanimously on April 2, 2020, by the Library Trustees, to postpone the override request of up to $9.5M for the critical infrastructure replacement and renovation of the Abbot Public Library. Following this vote, the Library Trustees will notify the Finance Committee of the Town of Marblehead to recommend indefinite postponement for this year. We will request time at this year’s Town Meeting to speak to the library building’s failing infrastructure system and the increasingly dire need for its replacement. We are hopeful to come back to Town Meeting in 2021 and ask for support to pass an override to address these critical concerns
Have you heard about the Abbot Public Library Renovation Campaign? Simply put, our 17th century town deserves a 21st century library! Our beloved gem of a library is in desperate need of repairs and an overhaul. The library was last updated 30 years ago! Short term fixes are no longer adequate to sustain our facility.
The plan is to replace all our infrastructure systems, and to reallocate and redesign space to meet the demands of 21st century users. Our proposed $9.5 million renovation project will not expand the library's footprint, yet it will totally transform the space inside with expanded and robust technology, learning nooks, a fireside reading and coffee area, a teen area, a "maker space" project room, a business center, a quiet reading room, access to our garden, and an information zone.
Please join the Abbot Public Library Board of Trustees and the Abbot Public Library Advocacy Committee (APLAC) of community leaders in helping to get the word out about our public/private partnership campaign to support the renovation plans to ensure that our library continues to be an asset and the gem that it is as the heart of our town.
Get your neighbors, friends, or book club together to see the architectural renderings and hear details about the plan. Contact Meryl Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tricia Rockett at email@example.com to schedule.
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PLEASE NOTE: Details about the project, including dollar amounts and dates, are based on what we know currently. As we move closer to key milestones, we will keep you informed and up to date on all, if any, fundamental changes..
Questions? Please ask. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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