A new library — really?

Published: 9/27/2020 2:35:48 PM

The schemata of Greenfield’s proposed new library in the Recorder recently made me realize that perhaps this foolhardy idea may actually come to fruition. Please refresh my memory: Who on earth came up with the idea that a new library was needed in the first place? And did the idea coincide with the legalization of weed in the commonwealth? Was it hatched around the dinner table of some of our local self-dubbed cognoscenti who seem to think they know what’s best for the unenlightened backwater residents of Franklin County?

What’s wrong with the historically beautiful Asher Benjamin architecture of our current library? If it needs some updating, then let’s do it and move on. And what about the library at the Greenfield Community College? Isn’t it available to the community? And don’t most people do the bulk of their research and reading on their personal computers? For $29 million, couldn’t we provide new or used computers to those in need of new or improved technology?

And in terms of additional space, what about the former Wilson’s Department Store? Couldn’t all or a portion of that structure be used as an extension of the current facility? There’s plenty of parking, an elevator, as well as being centrally located; a reading room and cafe could be created on the first floor facing Main Street.

Think about it, perhaps it’s not too late to come to your senses and realize that $19 million is a tremendous amount of money for the city to pay, especially when a fire station is also needed. And once built, how much will it cost to heat, staff and maintain this new “bigger and better” facility? Where’s the common sense here?

Brad Brigham


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