Planning for a 21st Century Library:
The J. V. Fletcher Library is now thirty-two years out from its most recent renovation /expansion. That expansion and the multi-year Library Beautification Project have served the Town of Westford well. The Board of Library Trustees and Library Administration have the responsibility to continue planning, and to open a discussion on a new Library chapter — a 21st Century Library. This planning initiative began in 2012.
For the first time in 2014, municipalities with populations over 10,000 were eligible to apply for a Planning and Design grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Working from 2012 through December 2013, the Library Trustees and Director produced the following grant application for a Feasibility Study, with a $50,000 grant awarded in June 2014, funds which were matched by the Town.
PLANNING AND DESIGN GRANT 2014 APPLICATION:
[WESTFORD planning & design application 1.3.pdf]
PLANNING AND DESIGN GRANT CALENDAR:
The Library Building Program was approved by the Board of Library Trustees and submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for review and approval in a FINAL format, for inclusion in the competitive MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT round, due January 26, 2017. View the final document.
LIBRARY BUILDING PROGRAM SQ. FT. BREAKDOWN:
MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM GRANT SUBMITTAL
2019 LIBRARY BUILDING PROJECT POWERPOINT:
Westford Waitlisted for Library Construction Grant:
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to place the J. V. Fletcher Library on a waitlist for a Provisional Construction Grant. The grant is part of the state-funded MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM (MPLCP) which helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. Thirty-three libraries completed the grant round process in 2017 and through a rigorous review, 9 libraries were identified to receive grants and 24 were placed on a waitlist (Westford is now number 8 on the waitlist). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the MBLC’s existing bond bill or a future bond authorization; the MBLC is currently seeking bond funding as part of its FY2020 legislative agenda. This means Westford could be in line for $7.8 million of matching funding and community votes to approve funds and proceed with the library renovation/expansion in the 2023-2024 timeframe. Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot.