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It is our sincere hope to one day–sooner rather than later–be accessible to all patrons. To that end, the Trustees of the Library began a capital campaign in 2020 with a goal of $400,000. When it comes down to brass tacks (without bells and whistles), we need:
- An entrance to the building that is accessible
- Code-compliant paved parking connected to that accessible entrance
- An elevator to provide access to both floors
- An accessible public restroom.
If we focus on what we need rather than what we want, these things can be accomplished with minimal alteration and invasion of the Library’s existing space. Preliminary discussions with a joint subcommittee of Library trustees and BFCC committee members estimate–and this is a very loose, wildly preliminary estimate–that this will be somewhere around a $500,000 project. What we want to avoid at all costs is a situation in which a significant amount of money is spent to go through planning and proposal processes with no end-game funding strategy besides a debt exclusion article on the ballot.
As Library director, I am strongly advocating that we collect enough capital to see the project through before committing further funds to planning and design. Once we have enough funds to reasonably guarantee the project will reach fruition, we can proceed with confidence that resources are going to a good use instead of out the window.
I am therefore asking for your support. If you find yourself able and willing to contribute to our capital campaign this year, please consider helping us make our building accessible to the patrons who often need it to most. You can support us by checking out the Friends of the Library page (https://mysfpl.org/friends/), signing up to support them through Amazon Smile, and donating to the building fund through their paypal button. You can also donate directly by mailing a check made out to the Library INT Building Fund to PO Box 607 in Douglas, MA 01516.Donations are 100% tax deductible.
If you aren’t in a position to donate, please pass the word along. Our need is real. Call the Library at 508-476-2695 or email the director at email@example.com if you have any questions. Thank you for reading.