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Library Week: Our Beautiful Expanded Library

This week begins the celebration of the expanded Charles M. Bailey Public Library, with June 1 being the official opening day. For the next few days, there will be special events to mark this grand occasion.

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The expanded library

This project was spearheaded by the library trustees, who in turn worked with a terrific group of people on a campaign team. This is our gift to the town. Collectively, we will have raised over one million dollars for this project, and all the money will be coming from grants and donations. (The town did generously allow us to borrow $300,000 as part of a larger municipal bond.)

All the construction work was done by local people, even the bookshelves and the circulation desk. As a result much of the money stayed right in Winthrop. Now that’s what I call an economic stimulus!

Not too bad for a town of 6,000. Not bad at all.

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The original Bailey Library
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The addition

Library Update: January 9, 2015

IMG_7197Yesterday’s post certainly qualified as a bummer post, a gloomy look at potential¬† political decisions and the effects they would have on towns and individuals. Therefore, I thought I would balance today’s post with something more uplifting—a library update. It also seemed like a good way to end the week.

The library expansion is coming along beautifully, and the shell clearly shows just how much the library will be gaining in space. The addition fits right in with the older historic building, and even the siding is a wonderful match. For this we have Phil Locashio to thank, an architect par excellence.

When this is done, the library will truly be a gem in the center of town. Lucky Winthrop!

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