DATE: November 18, 2013
Foxborough's Boyden Library: Bridging Gaps Between Future and Past
On Saturday, November 16th, the Boyden Public Library in Foxborough was buzzing with talk about the past meeting the future as library staff, trustees, and community members gathered to celebrate the building's recent forward-thinking renovation.
The 13,800 square foot expansion went a long way, doubling the size of the children's library, creating enough space for more than thirty computers, adding and improving public meeting areas, and making room to showcase new books and media on the ground floor.
In his remarks at the event, library director Jerry Cirillo gave thanks to citizens and stakeholders for their enduring support throughout the ten-year project and welcomed patrons of all ages and interests to visit the new building.
"What makes the library staff happiest is that we have this great new space to share with all of you," Cirillo said.
Commissioner Carol Caro of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) congratulated Cirillo and the people of Foxborough for their perseverance throughout the lengthy project. "Jerry kept this afloat through a series of setbacks, providing leadership, humor, and continuity," Caro said. "Now there is a new center of the Foxborough community."
State Senator Jim Timilty, who supported the Patrick-Murray Administration's 2010 library construction bond bill, was in attendance as well. Timilty praised the Boyden Library for its innovation and pointed out the growing importance of libraries in the 21st century. "The internet hasn't taken libraries out of business. It's brought more business in," he said.
LLB Architects, who collaborated with stakeholders and community neighbors to complete the renovation, strove to stay true to the library's distinctive mid-century brutalist style, keeping the past in mind while looking ahead to Boyden's next era.
Photos of the celebration can be seen here, via the MBLC's Flickr page.
In 2010, the MBLC awarded Boyden a Massachusetts Public Library Construction grant totaling $3,461,606 for this $11.6 million project which broke ground in January 2013. The project is also eligible for a MPLCP Green Library Incentive from the MBLC totaling $173,080. The Green Library Incentive helps libraries in the MPLCP build environmentally responsible LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The addition and renovation to Foxborough's Boyden Library is the last of the quartet of recent Norfolk County public library construction, with Walpole, Westwood, and Millis all celebrating openings since April 2012. Other recent openings in Massachusetts include new libraries in East Boston and Granby and the soon-to-be-open Holyoke Public Library. There are also library construction projects underway in Athol, Eastham, Edgartown, Everett, Framingham, Salisbury, South Hadley, Reading, West Springfield, and West Tisbury. Belmont, Shrewsbury, and Scituate are working to secure local funding for their projects by December 31, 2013. Nine communities are on a waiting list for funding.
For more information about the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, please visit the MBLC's website.
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.