Woodstock Library Board Votes in Favor of New Construction
At its January board meeting on Thursday evening, January 18, 2018, the Woodstock Library Board of Trustees voted 7-2 in favor of building a new library building. The resolution states:
~RESOLVED, based upon the Master Facilities Plan Report prepared by ADG/Cohn dated June 2017, the Woodstock Library Board of Trustees accepts its findings that a new library facility is the preferred course of action.
We further resolve to preserve the Library Lawn and incorporate and honor the historic features of the building into the new facility and that such Library will be a healthy, accessible and energy efficient building.
The Board will continue to seek community input and keep the library functioning throughout this process.~
Jessica Kerr, Library Director commented, “This is a decision to take the next step in a continuing process. Years of research, countless meetings, work of volunteers, consultants, community input, especially listening to those that use and rely on the Library, combined with learning from missteps along the way, has all gone into the Trustee’s decision. I am looking forward to working with everyone to provide a real plan for something that our entire community is inspired by, wants to support and sees real value in having here. Trustees are taking seriously their elected responsibility to make these decisions for the future of the Woodstock Library.”
Dorothea Marcus, Library Board President, added “We are aware that any decision we make will have supporters and detractors. Virtually every architect and builder has strongly
advocated new construction as the most cost-effective use of our limited budget, and will save us more money in the future through energy savings. We will make sure that our new
library will fit beautifully into its Woodstock setting. And we will be involving the public throughout the process. We want to inspire people, and hope to attract considerable private support to minimize need for taxpayer contributions via a bond. I applaud the courage of the trustees in making a decision based on facts and professional expertise.”
There was an unusually large turnout for the meeting. Sixteen people spoke during Public Be Heard, of whom twelve favored new construction. Many also commented on their understanding of the complicated decision before the Trustees. The resolution passed by a vote of 7-2. After the board voted, there was applause from the audience.
The Library will be announcing soon the next steps to make this decision a reality.
For further information contact: Jessica Kerr, Library Director 845-679-2213 or email us (communityfeedback null@null woodstock NULL.org).
The Happy Booker
Third Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Looking to expand your reading horizons? Join The Happy Booker Discussion Group! This program meets in the library’s Reading Room on the third Wednesday of each month.
The book for the February 21st meeting is:
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.
Woodstock Book Club
Second Friday of the month from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm across Tinker Street at the Christian Science Reading Room.
The book for the February 9th meeting is: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family.
Crocheting and Knitting with Tea and Cookies
Happening on every other Tuesday of each month from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
Next meetings: Tuesday, January 23rd and Tuesday, February 6th
Come and craft in the Art Books Room. Browse terrific collections of patterns and do it yourself instructional materials. Some yarn, crochet and knitting needles available. Crafters welcome to bring projects from home and to share your knowledge with the community.
Woodstock Library Show # 53 (January)
View it on our YouTube Channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/playlist?list=PLYWKCt6PiOlV-G_RsyKTZWa_SrslLIK_Q)