Our Library Building Program is nearing completion. We have finished our discussions and meetings for this phase in the project, conducted surveys (with the exception of the Lynnfield Middle School students who will take an age-appropriate survey soon) and held two public forums. Needs expressed by our patrons and the community at large remain unchanged from the Town’s Master Plan findings from 1998 to 2002.
Research shows us that Lynnfield’s population will increase by 500 to 600 people in the twenty years ahead and—reflective of national trends—it will grow increasingly older. The Library needs plentiful, safe parking that is accessible for older patrons and parents or caregivers with children. Patrons have asked for more and diversified programming for children, teens, adults, and seniors, but expanded programming will not be possible without an adequate program room in the Library for these events. Need has also been expressed for suitable spaces for children and teen interests, and activities for different age groups (such as middle school students who visit the Library after school). Adult patrons frequently have expressed their need to read and browse in a quiet and comfortable location at a distance from young adults. Study rooms, quiet reading areas, and a conference room are much sought after by Town organizations looking for locations to hold meetings. Additionally, many book and media collections are at maximum capacity, requiring either more space or removing titles to make room for new items.
What is the next step? The Lynnfield Library Building Committee was formed and given a charge by the Selectmen. Members include new Library Trustee Russ Boekenkroeger, Ted Caswell, Steve Todisco, Chris Mattia and liaisons Heather Sievers (Planning Board), Brian Shaffer (Board of Appeals) and Chris Barrett (Board of Selectmen). We are currently looking for a fifth community representative. The Committee must select and hire an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) who will help us select and hire an Architect/Designer. The OPM and Architect will review our Building Program and develop two designs for a Library facility that will satisfy the community’s need for an expanded library that will serve our community well into the 21st century.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to the many residents, library patrons, Town department heads and members of Town boards and commissions who participated in surveys, attended public forums, answered questions, and generally offered support and good cheer to the Library in ways both large and small!
Read the full Lynnfield Library LIVE! Newsletter from Spring / Summer 2015, Volume 17, Issue 1