Peterborough plans for library of the future
PETERBOROUGH — A $6 million capital campaign to fund the “Library of the Future” was unveiled at the 1833 Society annual meeting this week.
“The goal is to raise $6 million and that money would cover the entire project,” said library director Corrine Chronopoulos.
The annual meeting of the 1833 Society was held at the library Monday night.
During the presentation it was announced that Centerline Architects of Bennington, Vt., have been selected for the project.
Tina Kriebel, 1833 Society vice chair, said Thursday that the project would have to be funded before the architects could be hired.
Kriebel said the Society is also close to signing a purchase and sales agreement with FairPoint to buy an adjacent lot for $28,000.
The lot would allow for more library parking.
Chronopoulos recently replaced longtime library director Michael Price.
To Chronopoulos, the library of the future would include the space for more programing and technology. The “Library of the Future” should be a place where the community can gather, make connections with other people, learn and discover.
Increasing programing and the availability of technology are goals Chronopoulos says she is already tackling in the limited space the library has.
“As library director my plan now is to put together some innovative services, and these are things that patrons have been asking for,” Chronopoulos said.
With the capital campaign starting this year the Society has tentatively set construction to start in 2016 with the library reopening in 2018.
The 1833 Society is a non-profit established in 2011 to explore and support the updating of the Peterborough Town Library.
The 1833 Society takes its name from the year the Peterborough Town Library was created. The Peterborough Town Library was the “first free public library supported by taxation.”