As a trustee of the Falmouth Memorial Library for the past four years, I have been deeply involved in addressing the space needs of our library. Circulation and usage have outpaced the growth of our town, to the point that our library does not meet state or national standards for space or accessibility. Our library is in dire need of more space. At present, there is room for only two chairs dedicated for teen use. This is unacceptable in my view, and a move to the Lunt site will provide the necessary space to meet the needs of our young adult population.
After many years of research, and input from library and construction experts, the trustees recognize the difficulty and prohibitive costs of expanding on the current site. The opportunity to relocate the library to Lunt School is fiscally prudent and will not increase in our town’s mil rate. The library will need help reaching its fundraising goals from our citizenry.
I am pleased the citizens of Falmouth will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum in June that will create not only an expanded Library but also expanded community programming on the Lunt/Plummer-Motz campus. As a father of three school-aged children, I see the exponential benefit from an expanded library at Lunt for current and future generations growing up in Falmouth. I urge you to vote in support of the referendum and our library.
Sean P. Joyce