DATE: November 17, 2008
Bolton celebrates Groundbreaking and Fundraising
The construction project will renovate the historic original 1904 building and add an additional 12,000 square feet in new space.
Supporters of the Bolton Public Library had much to celebrate at the groundbreaking for the renovation and addition of the library. Not only did the day mark the start of what Robert C. Zak Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, called “a new legacy that we leave for future generations,” but he also announced that private fundraising efforts had exceeded one million dollars. Zak also recognized Library Director Kelly Collins, the library staff, and the many individuals who are working tirelessly on the project.
Built as a memorial to Captain Joseph Whitney with a $10,000 donation from his daughters Emma and Anna, the original Gothic style building was opened in 1904 when the population of Bolton was about 750 people, one seventh of what it is today. “The Wright brothers’ historic flight was eleven years away,” said Town Moderator and former Library Trustee, James Anker. “The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote hadn’t been passed…many things have changed since that time, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is this library.”
Celebrating the start of the new Bolton Public Library are (left to right) Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees Robert Zak, Library Director Kelly Collins, Trustee Christine Sterling and Roland Ochsenbein, Trustee and Co-chairman of the Building Committee.
“Libraries bring us together,” MBLC Chairman George T. Comeau told the crowd of over 100 people gathered for the groundbreaking of Bolton Public Library.
With plans to add over 12,000 square feet in new space and a renovation of the original building, the construction project will bring a welcome change for the residents of Bolton. The new library will be ADA compliant and include public meeting space, a children’s room as well as an area for teens. For a library that continues to experience increases in circulation and visits, the new space will be a center of learning as well as a community center, useful to people of all ages, backgrounds, interests and abilities.
In 2005 the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded Bolton a $2,487,906 construction grant as part of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. “As we witness events around the world, we realize the importance of the freedoms we enjoy, stated MBLC Chairman George T. Comeau. “Libraries are not a luxury; they are a necessity of freedom.”
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.