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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Why did the Library need to be expanded?

Q. How much space was necessary to accommodate the needed expansion?

Q. Why libraries are even more essential today despite the internet?

Q. Where do we stand now?

Q. How do I learn more about the Library and its offerings?

Q. How can I show my support for the Library, express any concerns or find out more about specific plans?

 

Q. Why did the Library need to be expanded?

 A. In 1997, the Library Director and Trustees recognized that the library needed additional space to house not only the growing collection but to address the needs of the community.  The lack of dedicated program space was curtailing programs as well as causing noticeable inconvenience to other library patrons.  During 1998, the Trustees analyzed the Library and community’s needs and developed a proposed solution.  A 1999 survey of Town residents confirmed the identified needs.  Focus groups contributed their ideas in 2010 to help update our plan. In a town with no community center and no senior or youth centers, our library is a vital local center of culture, community and learning but was severely constrained in providing services in its current  building.

The building was originally constructed in 1964, with a major expansion in 1964 and a minor expansion in the 1980s. Very little has been done to the building since then. In addition to adding space and providing more functionality, this project will replace and update the roof, siding, carpeting, lighting, HVAC, and other infrastructure elements.

 

 Q. How much space was necessary to accommodate the needed expansion?

  A. To accommodate the desired expansion, the plan added 1,720 square feet and reconfigured the layout. This included:

·          an enclosed Children’s Library that does not restrict our programs and services which currently disturb other patrons and prevent access to the Magazine room,

·          a conference room which can provide small group program and meeting space for individuals and small businesses,

·          separate space for young adults with sitting and study space and shelving for books or magazines of their interest plus computers for their use,

·          additional computing, tutoring and reading space with more outlets for laptop and tablet computers and separate study desks,

·          additional shelf space for books and the large and varied multimedia collection (i.e. dvds, audiobooks, mp3 players, etc.),
·    and a larger, more suitable staff area and needed additional storage space.

 

Q. Why libraries are even more essential today despite the internet?

  A.  In 2012, the Lewisboro Library loaned 120,000 items and had at least 72,000 in-person visits.  However, the library is and has always been more than just a collection of items to be loaned. In these challenging economic times, more people are turning to the Library as an essential resource.  The Library provides free programs and tools to help all with such things as resume writing, job searches, identifying career training resources, access to the latest computer programs, and technology training, etc.  The Library provides free wifi and internet access, digital books and music as well as training to use these resources effectively. However, the internet cannot replace the trained Librarian who can guide people to accurate, up-to-the-minute information sources as well as aid with personal information searches on such topics as health issues, genealogy, specialized research, etc.  Cash-strapped families are finding our Library a boon as they take out books, dvds, audiobooks and museum passes or use our up-to-date computers and special subscription services.

Q. Where do we stand now?

  A. Library construction began on April 2, 2014, and the Grand Opening was held April 25, 2015. 

Q. How do I learn more about the Library and its offerings?

A. The Library’s web site (www.lewisborolibrary.org) and Facebook page provides information on upcoming programs and events targeted at specific age groups or interests.  A weekly column in the Lewisboro Ledger also highlights upcoming programs.  Our Librarians and support staff cheerfully respond to patron requests and questions.  Community members who wish to volunteer to help with Library activities and efforts are welcomed and may learn close-up how the Library functions and why expansion is essential.

 Q. How can I show my support for the Library, express any concerns or find out more about specific plans?

 A. You can speak directly to the Library Director, Cindy Rubino; or Library Board president Gary Page; or to any of the Library Trustees (who may even be neighbors as they come from all parts of Lewisboro).  We’d like to hear from you, no matter what your opinion.  Write us a note or email at lewisborolibrary@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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