Letter: Past leaders back Falmouth library move

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As past presidents of the Falmouth Memorial Library board of trustees, we would like to express our support for Question 1. The existing library does not meet the needs of the community. As much as people have strong sentiments for building, it needs major renovations to make it work.

During our tenures, the board worked diligently to find a fiscally responsible, practical expansion. We investigated multiple options on and off site. We worked with architects and consultants and none of these options met the library’s needs.

Recently, we have observed the current board revisit the options we considered. They worked with new architects, a new library consultant, and an engineer. After much consideration, this board came to the same conclusion – expanding at the present site is not a responsible decision. But now there is an option allowing expansion on a site very close by, the Lunt School. What a wonderful solution to a long-existing problem.

Our library is an integral part of our community. It is often the first place young children gather outside their family. For many of our seniors, it is the place they stay connected with the community. A library is more than books. The mission of our library is to “enrich the community by providing resources and services that foster a love of reading and inspire imagination, curiosity, and an open exchange of ideas and information. ” To fulfill this mission it needs more space. Please join us and vote yes on 1.

John Capasso, Marsha Clark, Tom Sauberlich