Board of Appeals in Edgartown Turns Down Library Expansion

Board of Appeals in Edgartown Turns Down Library Expansion

By IAN FEIN

The Edgartown zoning board of appeals this week denied a special permit for the Edgartown Free Public Library, effectively killing the proposed library expansion project for at least another four years.

Three of the five board members voted in opposition to the project, which would have connected the Carnegie library and recently purchased Captain Warren House by means of a 17,000-square-foot addition.

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Historic Commission Takes First Look at Expansion

By IAN FEIN

Trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library unveiled designs for the proposed $11.5 million expansion project on North Water street this week.

The plan, which would connect the Carnegie library and recently purchased Captain Warren house by way of a 17,000-square-foot addition, raised eyebrows at the historic district commission public hearing on Wednesday.

Edgartown Library Wins State Grant for Its Expansion Project

The Edgartown library has been provisionally awarded $4.59 million as part of an omnibus bond bill that authorizes a total of $137.5 million for public library construction across the state.

The grant would help pay for an expansion project for the library on North Water street with a price tag of $15 million.

The library began action on the project in 2004 when the town agreed to buy the Capt. Warren house next door to the library on North Water street.

Edgartown Library Prepares to Reopen

Edgartown library staffers were stepping over wet cement this week in an effort to ready the old Carnegie building on North Water street for its official reopening next Tuesday.

The sidewalk under repair is one thing that is not their problem — town highway superintendent Stuart Fuller is in charge of that project — but they have had their share of problems following last year’s furnace puffback incident. The building was closed in early December after a burst furnace covered much of the furniture, upholstery and stock in an oily vapor.

Edgartown Library Asks Voters To Fund $4 Million Grant Match

Still well short of their goal to raise $4 million from private contributions to expand and renovate the Edgartown Public Library, town library trustees turned to the selectmen for help this week, asking them to place an article on the annual town meeting warrant for the money.

The trustees need to raise $4 million by next June in order to receive a matching grant from the Massachusetts board of library commissioners. To date trustees have raised just under $750,000.

The Moon Rocks Have Landed: Lunar Lumps Loaned to Libraries

Edgartown Public Library children’s librarian Deborah MacInnis counts herself as an astronomy fan. On her desk is a color photograph of Comet Hale Bopp which she shot herself years ago. And she has fond memories of getting the late Edgartown resident Maxamina Mello up before dawn to see Halley’s Comet in 1986, knowing that the 85-year-old woman had seen it as a youngster 70 years before.

But it took much more than enthusiasm for Mrs. MacInnis to become the NASA-certified guardian of some bona fide moon rocks.

Edgartown Library Offers Valentine’s Basket Chances

Edgartown Library is raffling off a basket of Valentine treats on Friday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 each, two tickets for $5, or ten tickets for $20. The tickets make nice Valentine’s Day gifts themselves, and sales will support the library expansion program.

Edgartown Library Takes Home Five State Awards

On the strength of four entries, the Edgartown library won five state awards for excellence last month from the Massachusetts Library Association.

At the association’s annual convention in Springfield, the library won awards in every category it had entered, plus a special statewide honor as well.

The annual contest involves academic, public, school and special libraries across the state. Small communities like Edgartown compete against much larger urban facilities like those of Newton and Cambridge.

Back to School for Edgartown Library Plan

Back to the drawing board again.

The Edgartown Library building committee voted yesterday to abandon plans for a new North Water street site in favor of demolishing the old Edgartown School and starting anew.

Edgartown Library Foiled by Warren House Protection

The Edgartown Library building committee hit yet another bump in the road this week when the town historic district commission said it will not allow the Warren House to be torn down.

The building committee’s latest plan calls for razing the historic colonial-era house and replacing it with a parking lot for the expanded and renovated library at the Carnegie building on North Water street

But after meeting on Tuesday with the historic district commission, that plan, like others before it, now must be scrapped.

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