WESTFORD is now #5 on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) waitlist for a provisional state-funded grant under the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) 2017. This means Westford could be in line for $7.8 million of matching funds to proceed with a library renovation and expansion in the 2023-2024 time frame. The historic facade on the Common will be unchanged, but the rear will be 21st century. Formal internal Town review will occur and Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot. The full grant binder is available on request.
The Westford Library has a strong history of gifts, donations, benefactors and grants:
1797 – Social Library founded by 25 citizens
1859 – Social Library donated to the Town
1873 – Agricultural Library donated to the Town
1895 – Jonathan Varnum Fletcher donated 75% of the funds to build a new library on the Common
1963 – Basement Children’s Room funded by J. V. Fletcher’s great grand-daughter Marian F. Winnek
1969 – Renovation/addition funded by federal LSCA Title II grant
1979 – Bookmobile funded by federal LSCA Title I grant
1988 – Renovation/addition awarded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Project (MPLCP) grant award
2007-2012 – Library Beautification funded by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc.
2017 – Westford wait listed for MPLCP grant award of almost $8 million