Peterborough

Feasibility study  up next for library

The results of February’s Library of the Future Forum, attended by almost 100 people, are available at the Peterborough Town Library and the report is also available on the 1833 website at www.1833society.org, the Library blog at www.peterboroughtownlibrary.org ) and the library’s page on the town website at www.townofpeterborough.com.

The forum launched the community input phase of the 1833 Society’s planning for a new or renovated library on the current site. The report was compiled by the UNH Cooperative Extension Service. The report summarizes all notes captured during the forum, without interpretation or comment, and identifies the top vision items voted on by the entire group that day.

Topping the list of characteristics deemed desirable were (1) flexibility and adaptability of space and resources in anticipation of changing needs; (2) a dynamic community center that supports lifelong learning and engaging activities and is accessible by all users; and (3) a facility that is aesthetically pleasing, inviting, comfortable, high-performance and green.

Input to the project has continued since the forum, and a final report will be issued next month, though hearing ideas from the community is a process that will continue. The data will be used by the 1833 Society in determining how to move forward with plans that will address the major wants and needs of the library.

The 1833 Society’s mission is to raise funds through private donations and grants to finance a major upgrade of the Peterborough Town Library and to assist in its development. The nonprofit organization, formed more than two years ago with the blessing of the library trustees, has rented office space in Depot Square as it moves forward with a feasibility study to assess both community interest in the new library project and the capacity for financial support. Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc. of Wyckoff, N.J., has been retained by the 1833 Society to conduct the feasibility study. Two of their associates are scheduled to conduct interviews with a broad spectrum of community members. The interviews will continue through June.

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