Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weathersfield Proctor Library NEEDS to Grow!



On Tuesday March 4, 2014, the Voters of Weathersfield will be asked to approve a bond for the Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Project

I urge you to VOTE YES!!




In use since 1902, the Library's footprint has not changed as the town's population and library's use has grown. Many Library programs must be held at the Martin Memorial Hall (MMH), or elsewhere around town, because Library space too to limited to host the attendees.
Examples are:




Hungrytown and Vellamo at the Weathersfield Center Church 2012

A Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors at the Weathersfield Center Church 2013


Saxton's River Bell Ringers, Ascutney House 2013

The programs that are held at the library are usually overcrowded.





Michael Caduto, Summer Reading Program 2013

When weather permits, programs are moved outdoors for more space.

More WPL Events images from 2009 to the present, click HERE.
Why the Library needs to grow:
  • increased demand, a greater variety of resources and service, and the advent of electronic technology
  • insufficient space for books, magazines, reference materials, AV resources, computer space - many items are stored in the unfinished basement where we run a dehumidifier to keep items from getting moldy 
  • limited public seating for programs 
  • certain parts not accessible to people who are physically challenged
  • restroom down steep stairs, not accessible and not available without permission
  • significant workflow, safety, and security problems 
  • accessibility ramp is in Route 5 right-of-way
  • building does not have a second exit, and there is no second exit in basement
  • limited parking - the side parking lot is not owned by the library, the owners let us use 1/2 of the lot 
  • currently the library meets the VT Dept of Libraries Minimum Standards for 1998 - but only because we have a future plan in place to meet ADA requirements.
  • many grants and programs are unavailable to us because we do not meet Federal ADA requirements
The Expansion will offer the citizens of Weathersfield:
  • doubling the size of the existing library allowing for collection growth as well as thoughtful reconfiguration
  • preservation of historic architectural elements
  • fun, engaging and inviting new children's space
  • better accessibility to the library and all collections
  • space for additional computers and access to new technologies
  • increase in seating options
  • two public restrooms
  • larger and more efficient staff work spaces
  • Vermont and local Weathersfield history room
  • after-hours access to large group community meeting room and programs
  • space for quiet study, study with a tutor, or group study and online learning
Answers to More Frequently Asked Questions please visit: WPL FAQs

On March 4, 2014 10AM-7PM
Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney Vt 
The Voters in the Town of Weathersfield 
will be asked to 
"Invest in Weathersfield's Future" 
I hope you will MAKE your voice heard by 
VOTING YES on the Bond!!

DONATE to the Project!
Upcoming Library Events:
An Evening With Kay
January 23 at 6:30 pm
Martin Memorial Hall

Library Expansion Information Night
Monday February 3, 2014
6:30 pm
Refreshments will be served

Computer Tutor - Fridays10:30 - 11:30
Sign up required

WPL Book Group
Thursday February 6th
6:30 pm
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Love Your Library Day!

Saturday February 8th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Valentine Card Making
Record your video valentine to WPL for YouTube!

Discover Giant Mantas

SPECIAL SCHOOL VACATION PROGRAM
Slideshow presentation and Pizza!
11:00 - Noon

Intro to Zentangle
http://khuce.deviantart.com/
Saturday February 22
1:00 pm