Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 55, Somerville Public Library)

New library proposed. (Boston Globe, 6/5/2011)

Excerpt:   The city of Somerville could have the opportunity to build a new central library, with almost $13 million from the state.

At the May 26 Board of Aldermen meeting, Mayor Joe Curtatone asked the aldermen to authorize the library trustees to apply for a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and approve the preliminary architectural design of the new structure.

“The existing Central Library has not been upgraded in 35 years and is sadly inadequate to meet contemporary library needs,’’ Curtatone wrote in his formal request.

According to Curtatone, the grant would cover about 40 percent of construction costs. Cities are required to match the funds. The new library would be in Union Square, not far from the current site

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