Forum on library’s future set for Saturday

PETERBOROUGH — Ideas on how to build a “Library of the Future” will be entertained on Saturday at a community forum to be held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, formerly the Peterborough Historical Society.

The intent of the forum is to discuss how an upgraded library could serve the public well into the 21st century. Library officials plan to present details about the current state of the library, and solicit input and ideas to help them plan for a major renovation project.

“The current library structure is not adequate for present or future needs,” Library Director Michael Price said in an announcement of the forum. “This is not so much a matter of space as it is the building’s lacking the flexibility to work in ways that people want and expect from a modern library. While the library staff and trustees have thoughts about what to do, the most important ideas truly need to come from the citizens of Peterborough — residents of all ages, all interests, and even those who do not currently use the library.”

Dan Reidy, a community development specialist from the UNH Cooperative Extension who will lead the forum, said participation requires serious thought and commitment, but it should also be “a dynamic and engaging way to share time with your neighbors, and should be fun for participants.”

The forum starts with refreshments at 8:30 a.m., followed by the formal program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Attendees will hear a short presentation about the current state of the library before forming into groups that will be will be led by facilitators. A free lunch will be provided at noon, followed at 1 p.m. by a presentation summarizing the information gathered in each group.

The forum is made possible by a grant for a Community Profile Project from the UNH Cooperative Extension. Support and funding is provided by the 1833 Society and the Friends of the Library, both local groups that support library activities.

Library officials will be presented with a detailed summary of the information gathered at the form, which will be used in deciding what building renovations might best meet the needs of the community.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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