To The Daily Sun,
To the voters of Ashland: The price to purchase the historic school building has been drastically reduced to $525,000 (original asking price was $850,000). An expected $100,000 will be needed for minor renovations, shelving and other furnishings, to convert the building for library use, for a total cost of $625,000. As $25,000 will come from the Library Building capital reserve fund, the Library Trustees are asking for a bond issue of $600,000.
The trustees believe this is a unique opportunity for Ashland to improve library facilities and services and also showcase one of the finest architectural features of the town. Most new library/renovation project costs begin at $1,000,000 and go up from there.
The children's room would triple in size; more public use computers would be available; there would be quiet reading spaces, group study tables, expanded space for collections, and a spacious third floor meeting room with spectacular views of the town. The location next to the elementary school would create more teaching and learning opportunities for the children of Ashland. The building has been renovated and is up to all current codes, including an elevator. More information is available on the library website, ashlandtownlibrary.org. There is also information on the website about donating to the building fund. Any donations would reduce the amount needed from the town. Please be generous if you are able.
There will be an open house at the proposed new building on March 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come and explore this beautiful building and speak to the trustees and staff about this great opportunity.
Remember to vote on March 14. The bond issue for the purchase of the building is Article 3, and Article 17 would add $25,000 to the capital reserve fund if the bond issue fails. The bond issue requires 60 percent majority votes to pass, so please come and support the library by voting yes on Article 3 and Article 17.
Ashland Town Library Trustees