Help the Friends raise $200,000 to support the construction of the new library!
MONTEREY LIBRARY NUMBER 2 ON THE WAITLIST FOR THE STATE CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM!
Out of the 33 libraries that applied, Monterey was ranked number 11. The program is approved for 110 million by the legislature. The first 9 libraries were awarded 68 million. Only one other library is ahead of us in ranking, so we did very well. We're not exactly sure when the remaining money will be disbursed, but the amount recommended for Monterey is 1.85 million. That means the town meeting vote for the bond is covered and now we await word from the state. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the grant reviewers wrote and told us that we have met all the requirements and our project is in line to get the money! In the meantime the trustees have voted to continue with our current architect and project manager. The Friends of the Monterey Library have started a fund drive to privately raise enough money to hire them to work on plans and permits while we await the official awarding of our grant money. That money will be part of the $200,000 the Friends will raise towards the total cost of the project. Thanks to everyone who participated in all different ways, whether it was filling out a survey or attending a forum, voting for the project on any of the three votes at town meeting, or donating to the Friends of the Library.
WE NOW HAVE iPADS AVAILABLE FOR USE IN THE LIBRARY! DON'T FORGET WE HAVE 24/7 WIFI AVAILABLE AND IT WORKS OUTSIDE THE BUILDING
FINANCIAL PLAN FOR LIBRARY BUILDING PROJECT
CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING TWO LINKS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT:
CHECK OUT THE NEW APP FOR iOS & ANDROID
What can I use the App for? Renewing items, placing holds, researching through databases, checking our hours or viewing upcoming events!
1.) Click here to download the C/W Mars App on your device or search C/W Mars on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
2.) Once the app is downloaded, select the Monterey Library and set it as your preferred library.
3.) Begin using the app to maximize your library experience!
Still need help? Click here to get access to the page which explains with graphics!
THANK YOU TO THE TOWN MEETING!
The special town meeting we had last fall approved the schematic below and approved applying for a construction grant! Thanks to all of you for your overwhelming support! And now the annual town meeting has approved the local match funding for the state grant! Now we are#2 on the waitlist for our state grant money. We are currently working on finalizing the plans for permitting.
Exciting features our new library will include, in addition to our current services:
Fully accessible services to all
Accessible up-to-code bathrooms
10 off-street parking spaces
60% larger multipurpose room
Dedicated areas for children and teens
Reading deck overlooking the Konkapot River
Quiet study spaces
....and a new roof, a dry basement,insulation, energy-efficient mechanical systems and lighting, a coat rack, community bulletin boards, increased capacity... and updating/improving mostly hidden structural details
and did we forget to mention
A GREAT VIEW OF THE RIVER AND THE WATERFALL!
The library is a WIFI hot spot through a fiber optic connection.
The network ID is Monterey Library Guest, and no web key is needed.
It is available in the center of town 24/7.
Mon7 - 9pm
Tues9am - 12:30pm
Wed2 - 5pm
Thurs 4-6 Fri 4 - 8pm
Sat9:30am - 12:30pm
and 7 - 9pm
The Monterey Library opened in May 1891, moved to its present location, 452 Main Rd., in 1931 and belongs to the the Massachusetts Regional Library System. The Monterey Library is also a member of the CWMARS system. To learn more, please visit our About page.
Mark Makuc -- Director
452 Main Rd
P.O. Box 172
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