Letter from the Director
by Sally Tornow, Library Director
The State must have taken notice of the 70% yea vs. 30% nay voting results in support for the Library renovation that New Milford showed in the referendum in November. Last summer, we applied for a building grant from the State for the maximum amount they offer ($1,000,000) and we were approved! To adhere to the guidelines of the grant will take a bit of time, so we cannot really offer a starting date for construction, but the project has to go out to bid and the Library itself needs to prepare for the MUCH smaller space we will have for the duration.
We are planning to condense our entire collection to a bare bones size that will fit into the 1898 building, with the rest of it going into storage for the construction period. We will continue to offer internet access and some work space, but on a much reduced level. We will also continue to offer programs, both for Children and Adults, but much of it will be off-site. The various groups that meet at the Library will have access to a meeting space, but, of course, that, too, will be limited. As anyone who has built or renovated their home, the duration is agony, but well worth it when done. We know that will be the case for the Library, as well. As we develop interim plans, we’ll keep you informed.
The entire staff, Board of Trustees, and Friends of NMPL wish all of you a wonderful, peaceful, and happy holiday season!