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Shrewsbury library rally planned for Saturday

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Supporters of an upcoming bond question to fund the Shrewsbury Library renovation project will be holding a rally on Saturday, September 10th, 10-11AM at the town common.  There will be refreshments, music, and some featured speakers discussing this exciting project, the vote for which will be coming up in mid October.

Here’s some fantastic information below from the projects website.

The Vote YES for Our Library campaign was formed to advocate for a Debt Exclusion Ballot Question for the Renovation and New Addition to the Shrewsbury Public Library. A town election will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011; a majority “Yes” vote is required to authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue a bond to fund the project.
The total cost of the Library Building Project is estimated at $18.47M.  The debt exclusion election will request approval of the entire cost of the project as required by law. The actual cost to the taxpayer will be reduced by the state grant and private fundraising.
The Library Building Project has received a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which will total $7,959,989.
In addition, $1.75 million is being aggressively pursued through private fundraising.
The total amount of the bonding by the town will be approximately $8.76 million.  The amount is subject to adjustment as the final financing plan is put into effect. Based on prior projects, the actual final cost to individual taxpayer may be lower.
The Shrewsbury Credit Union parcel was  purchased in June 2011 at a cost of $680,000 after approval by Town Meeting in January 2011, which was funded within the town’s levy limit.
The Library Building Project includes renovation/restoration of the 1903 Howe building, and replacement of the 1979 and 1923 additions with an addition to the rear of the 1903 Howe building.
The new 42,000 square foot Shrewsbury Public Library will serve all users and offer:
- Fully handicap accessible building
- Appropriate spaces for children, teens and adults
- Spacious and comfortable quiet study and reading areas
- Expanded parking with entrances and exit on Boylston Street and Main Street
- Improved and expanded technology services
- Community meeting rooms and cafe
- Energy-efficient “green” building systems
- A floor plan which allows for greater staff efficiencies
-Advanced technologies such as expanded self-check service, automated returns
-RFID based system to maximize staffing efficiencies and improve patron services
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