Letter: Stockbridge steps up for library of our time

Stockbridge steps up for library of our time

To the editor:

On behalf of the trustees, staff, and patrons of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the residents of the town of Stockbridge for approving warrant article numbers 29 and 34i at Monday night's Annual Town Meeting.

Article 29 provides $100,000 toward the construction of an elevator at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, ensuring universal access to all three levels in the building. Article 34i provides $65,000 in Community Preservation funding for preservation of the Library's historic home on Main Street.

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, a free and public institution, is currently undergoing a major renovation, only the second one in its 150-year history. We also are conducting a capital campaign to underwrite the entire renovation. The funding of the elevator, endorsed by the Finance Committee, and the additional grant of $65,000, endorsed by the Community Preservation Committee, are crucial to the success of the project.

Thank you to the town committees which approved our requests for support, and to the citizens of our town who voted for them. The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives strives to be a vibrant center of community life in Stockbridge, and with your help, we will continue to do so for many years to come.

We look forward to welcoming our Stockbridge friends and town officials, seasonal residents, visitors, cardholders, donors, and funders when we reopen this fall, renovated, refurbished, and accessible to all as a library for our time.

Katherine O'Neil John Hyson Stockbridge Katherine O'Neil is director and John Hyson is president of the Board of Trustees of the Stockbridge Library Association.


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