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I interviewed the director of the Shrewsbury Public Library!

Written By: David T. Lee - May• 19•16

Hello!

Today, I interviewed Ellen Dolan, director of the Shrewsbury Public Library! The renovated and expanded library will have its grand opening in fall 2016. The interview turned out wonderfully. Ellen gave smart, detailed answers to each of my questions and the tone of our conversation became warm and friendly within moments of starting. The interview occurred so smoothly that I didn’t even realize I used up all of my allotted 30 minutes! Here is a condensed version of Ellen’s answers to my questions.

Which rooms/features should we notice in the new library?

The Children’s Room will be four times bigger than before, with a new courtyard that has stone owls embedded in the walls for kids to count. New rooms include the Learning Lab with technology for instruction/classes, a quiet reading room, a room for children activities, four group study rooms and a community meeting room. The new library will have a Community Commons, which will have art displays, a café counter and many places for townsfolk to congregate. The improved electronic book collection will acquire more titles in multiple genres. All of the 130,000 circulating items will have a brand-new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) tag to improve checking out and returning them. There will be nine self-service stations for checkout plus an automated return system. The Wi-Fi network will be more robust and the number of computers for public use will be double. The new building will introduce high-tech windows that can regulate light and heat for comfort and energy savings.

How is the library’s project cost versus the budget?

The total approved amount for the project is $23.3 million, which includes a town bond of $13.6 million, $7.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions and $1.75 million from private fundraising. We are only $23,000 short from achieving our fundraising goal! In addition, this project’s total cost will come in a little under budget.

What is your favorite thing about the new building?

My favorite part is how the architects blended the old section with the new section. They used clever building design to make the oldest area of the library (the Jubal Howe Building, constructed in 1903) appears to be the prominent section of the library. They made the bricks covering the outside of the modern section a uniform, darker color to cause the varied, vibrant colors of the original 1903 stones on the Jubal Howe section more noticeable. The interior is very spacious and designed to let in lots of light and to make the old Jubal Howe section more visible and accessible from the new main entrance of the library.

Great information! When will the new library open?

The new library will have a “soft opening” on September 6, 2016. The grand opening will coincide with the Spirit of Shrewsbury week and will include speakers and musical performances. All operations will be up and running by the end of September.

Shrewsbury Public Library Director Ellen Dolan and David T. Lee

Shrewsbury Public Library Director Ellen Dolan and David T. Lee

I would like to give my appreciation to Ellen Dolan for taking out some time for this interview!

Bye!

David:)

 

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