July 13, 2017 For Immediate Release
Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley announces $3.9 Million state grant dedicated to building a new community library
Once every hundred years, towns in Massachusetts are offered an opportunity to build a new public library. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners announced a commitment of $3.9 Million towards Hadley’s future new library, slated to replace the current Goodwin Memorial Library which was built in 1902. Hadley is number two on the building list and only one of two libraries in Western MA to receive the grant.
“After years of planning, we are thrilled to receive notice of the Commonwealth’s investment in our town’s library, “ stated Jo-Ann Konieczny, Chair of Hadley’s Library Trustees. “This project is about building community and creating an accessible, open space for everyone”.
The current Goodwin Memorial Library was built for a turn-of-the 20th century town of 1,800 residents. Now, with Hadley’s diverse population close to 6,000, the historic building is inaccessible, lacks space for the library’s collections has inadequate parking. The new library will be an energy efficient structure well designed for innovative programs for children, young adults and seniors. The new library will host a community meeting room with kitchenette, a children’s room and story garden, a business center, additional parking and climate-controlled rooms for historic collections. Through a combination of these new state funds, proposed town funds and private donations, the new library facility will be able to provide important community services well into the 21st
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Jo-Ann Konieczny, Trustee Chair