I lived in Falmouth for 25 years, and my long relationship with Falmouth Memorial Library began when my family first visited the library in 1981. I was honored to be appointed a library trustee in 1993. The library board soon realized that the building we all loved no longer served our needs. Both the town and library services were changing and growing in unimagined ways, and with the overwhelming support of Falmouth voters, an expanded Library was opened on Oct. 14, 1995.
My involvement with the library continued for more than 15 years, as employee and volunteer. I can attest to the conditions that the library staff work under: storing and retrieving books from a hazardous basement, no room for breaks, children’s programs displaced because of time conflicts with the community room, to name a few.
As we dedicated the renewed building, it was impossible to see how our warm, welcoming, and professional facility would succeed in increasing usage and services to the point that it soon ran out of space, challenging the staff to use every inch of the building in creative ways. The need for a new space is the result of those increasing demands.
Now is the time for the citizens of Falmouth to show their support for an institution that has enhanced the quality of life in the town. Voting yes on June 14 will give Falmouth a community center it can be proud of, with the library as its anchor.