With new Greenfield Public Library construction nearing, event to share building image, encourage fundraising

  • Greenfield plans to hold a banner raising event Thursday morning on the lawn between the Fire Station — the location of the future library — and the current Greenfield Public Library, pictured, to share with the community an image of the new building. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 7/19/2021 5:21:11 PM

GREENFIELD — The city plans to hold a banner raising event Thursday morning on the lawn between the Fire Station — the location of the future library — and the current Greenfield Public Library to share with the community an image of the new building.

“It’s really a way to let the public know we are moving forward,” said Ed Berlin, co-chair of the Library Building Committee. “And it’s in anticipation of a groundbreaking ceremony in mid- to late August.”

The brief event starting at 10 a.m. will also serve as an opportunity to encourage further fundraising through the Greenfield Public Library Foundation, which has committed to raising $2 million toward the cost of the new building, Berlin said.

In 2019 — seven years after the vision for a new library was first discussed — Greenfield voters approved building a new library with a 61 percent positive vote. The $19.5 appropriation accounts for construction costs as well the cost of the architect, project manager, furniture and fixtures, according to Berlin.

In addition to a $9.4 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Greenfield Public Library Foundation has said it will contribute about $2 million, reducing the city’s cost to about $8.1 million.

“We are well on our way to achieving our goal,” said Jeanne Canteen, president of the foundation.

As of Monday, $1.875 million had been raised in cash and pledges by more than 400 donors, she said. The campaign will close out at the end of the calendar year.

Fire Station Building Committee Chair David Singer previously said construction of the temporary fire station on Hope Street is on track for the department to move into by mid- to late August. At that point, the current station will be razed, making way for construction of the new library.

During Thursday’s event, there will be speakers offering a few words, including Greenfield Public Library board of trustees Chair Doris Cowdrey, Library Director Ellen Boyer, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, and Canteen and Berlin.

“We’re so excited. We want to share the excitement of the fact the library is going to be built,” Canteen said. “We anticipate the library is really going to help — along with other things going on downtown — to attract new residents and families.”

Donations toward the new library can be sent to: Greenfield Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 352, Greenfield, MA 01302. Checks should be made out to the Greenfield Public Library Foundation.

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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