The Library Building Study Committee has hired a building consultant and is beginning to work on writing the Building Program that will be the basis for the design proposal. We’ll be visiting libraries in the area for ideas about what works and what doesn’t work so well, so we can incorporate the best ideas and avoid some pitfalls. We’re also looking at ideas from libraries across Massachusetts and in other parts of the country.
We are also collaborating with an Ad Hoc Library Strategic Planning Committee to gather ideas from the community from which we will develop our next 5-year strategic plan. The strategic plan will be very useful to us as we write the Building Program. There will be two Community Forums, the first on Tuesday, October 28th from 6 to 8 pm and the second on Saturday, November 22nd from 2 to 4 pm. You are warmly invited to attend one of these forums to share your thoughts for the future direction of Kingston and the Kingston Public Library. Register here for the October 28th forum or here for November 22.
Library Director Sia Stewart and Trustee Vanessa Verkade will attend a national Library Design Institute in Boston on December 5th, hosted by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This will be a day of design presentations and working sessions with experienced library architects. Our library has been submitted as one of the challenge projects for groups to work on.