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Our library director, Deb DeJonker-Berry and all the staff are continuing to prepare for the library’s temporary location while our new building is under construction. That site should be determined in the near future; a certificate of occupancy depends on some modifications to the site and final approvals by all town boards and officials.
Weeding of the present library collection continues, so that we are not paying to move and/or store items that are in poor condition or out of date. Computers and other equipment are being replaced/upgraded now; rental books will continue to be available, provided as usual by the Friends of the Library.
The staff will continue to plan programs to keep our library an active and exciting place to visit. The schedule for moving out of the old building and into temporary quarters is not final, but will be announced as soon as possible. In the meantime the plans and details of our new building continue to evolve.
The trustees and staff have visited newly built and/or renovated area libraries. It is helpful to see what others have done as we make decisions for our own design, materials and use of space.
Architects are working on construction drawings so they will be ready to go out for bids when all other approvals and details are in order. It is a time-consuming project with many decisions to be made. We want our new library building to be the best it can be, so everyone is working with an eye toward that goal!
In 2005, the Library Trustees began evaluating the current facility in order to determine how the library can could most effectively meet the needs of the community now and for generations to come.
It all adds up.
With cooperation among the Trustees, the Friends of the Eastham Library, staff, town leaders, Town Meeting, and the Commonwealth, we now have a plan and a budget to expand and adapt the library on its current site on Samoset Road.
- Double the floor space to accommodate all of the library’s collections
- Add a large, much-needed community meeting room
- Create separate, dedicated spaces for both children and teens to gather and learn
- Integrate modern communication and Internet capabilities
- Improve parking and accessibility for everyone
- Add climate-controlled space for our precious historical and genealogy materials
- Use “green” design principles and energy-efficient materials throughout the building
- Maintain the original historic library building
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