Letter: A library for the future

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 5:21PM
Supporting a library for our future

To the editor,

Peterborough's Town Library has a rich history – established by vote of town, April 8, 1833, the oldest free library in the world supported by taxation. You can't beat that for history!

At a visioning forum in 2013, attendees put forth many great ideas – more natural light, keep the original building, add versatile meeting spaces for different-sized groups, add a café and exhibition space, create age-specific areas for children/teens/adults, maximize the river location, designate quiet rooms, and much more. The new building design, which was unveiled recently, does all that.

Check out the video animation at http://peterboroughtownlibrary.org/libraryproject/, plus links to the history, the process, and where the plans are today. A newer version of the video (not seen on the website), shows a delightful tree sculpture, which was incorporated into the wall and ceiling of the children's area – envision story time and meeting friends and parents there.

I shared the link with my sister, sister-in-law, and best friend who are, respectively, a children's librarian, a retired head of a regional library who coordinated building construction and computer installations, and the head of a pair of high school libraries in a metropolitan area.

“The esthetics are lovely. I like the design very much.” “I really like the plan in many ways. It preserves and extends the old building beautifully.” “This seems to be a carefully considered plan. I hope the town is successful in pursuing it.”

They passed on many more constructive ideas as well, which I have submitted to Corinne Chronopoulos, our library director, and Tina Kriebel, who is on the 1833 Society. We are lucky to have them and many others who are dedicated to working towards a flexible, beautiful, and modern library for our town’s future. I hope you will support fundraising efforts in the coming months and years. We have a rich history to live up to.

Susan Shute