re: Library Space Concerns:
The Library Board of Trustees has struggled with problems of space in order to conduct their programs. Some programs must be held in other buildings or suffer downsizing, while books and other resources are limited in number and kind due to space constraints. The building is sited on a steep hill on a restrictive lot Both exterior and interior conditions preclude ADA compliance for handicapped accessibility.
In light of the need for more space, it has become a major goal of the Library Board to create a building that can house inviting and multipurpose spaces that will allow programs to grow in breadth and depth. The ultimate concern
is to accommodate increasing numbers of patrons who will benefit by finding, accessing, interpreting and utilizing the information they need.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
LEE SHARP, PRESIDENT
542 WARREN STREET
HUDSON, NEW YORK
LEWIS N. KREMER, ARCHITECT CONSULTANT
Funded in part by a Grant From:
BERKSHIRE TACONIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION/OUR TOWN Fund,
Serving Columbia County
In the spring of 2001, the trustees of the Valatie Free Library voted to undertake a study to assess the library's physical "health" and its prospects for the future. Like many similar institutions, the Valatie Library is located in an aging building that has become expensive to maintain and is ill equipped to adapt to the demands of the twenty-first century. With this in mind, the library trustees sought to evaluate then: options for facility development.
This meant examining two distinct but related issues. First, the role of the library is changing in ways that are both unprecedented and unpredictable. When our library was established over sixty years ago, things were pretty simple: a library was a place to borrow books. But with the technological advances of the second half of the twentieth century - combined with growing interest in home-schooling, "lifelong learning" and related social trends - libraries are evolving into something new.
it is incumbent on the Board to give careful consideration to the wishes of our patrons and the community we serve. To that end, we offer this report as a foundation for discussion and debate. We hope it will stimulate your interest and excite your sense of the possibilities. Please let us know what you think! Contact us directly, drop us a line in care of the library. Or stop hi at one of our monthly meetings. (They're normally at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, but call the library to confirm the date and tune.) We sincerely look forward to hearing from you.
Lee Sharp, President
Valatie Free Library Association