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What's Happening

It’s Time to Vote for Your Library at Town Meeting on May 5 and at Town Election on May 19

At the May 5 Annual Town Meeting and May 19 Annual Town Election, Hopkinton will vote on funding the renovation and expansion of YOUR Library! For information on the library building project, check out the Town Meeting and Project sections of this website, or come to one or all of the following information sessions:

Thursday, April 24 @ 10:00 am, Information Session, Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew Street

Monday, April 28 @ 7:00 pm, HCAM’s “Know Your Vote”, 77 Main St. & Broadcast Live on HCAM

Wednesday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm, Meet the Architect, Johnson Roberts, Hopkinton Public Library

Friends Give $5,000 to Benefit the Renovation and Expansion of Hopkinton Public Library

Fundraising for the Library received a boost from the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library just prior to the Library funding vote at the May 5 Town Meeting and the May 19 Town Election. With the Friends’ gift of $5,000, the amount raised by 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library is now $280,000. In recognition of their gift, the Staff Room in the new Library will be named for the Friends.

“The Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library are thrilled to make this gift and to recognize the library staff for the incredible service they provide to the Town given the condition of the antique library building,” says Friends President Beth Mezitt. “The Friends look forward to the 2016 opening of a Hopkinton Public Library befitting our times, our Town and our population, and encourage others to support and give generously to the renovation and expansion of this essential community resource.”

“With the Friends’ generous gift, the Foundation has raised $280,000 in gifts and pledges since launching its 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library challenge in October,” says Laura Barry, Chair of the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation. “The Friends join over 140 individuals, families and local groups giving to this incredible community project – one which benefits every resident of Hopkinton, from infant to senior, as well as the Town as whole.”

March to the Marathon

This year, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has its largest Boston Marathon Team to date! We still need YOU to help us March to the Marathon. Here’s how you can be a part of HPLF’s preparations for the Marathon. For the whole month of March until Marathon Monday on April 21st, we’re setting our own Marathon training challenge — 26 new pledges supporting 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library!

Become a part of Hopkinton history and join 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library TODAY by pledging $1,000 over the next four years toward the restoration, renovation and expansion of our most inclusive community asset. With 1000 homes willing to make this gift, together we can raise $1,000,000. Together we will build a new library that honors our past, serves our present, and builds a stronger future for our community. Click here to join the over 140 families, individuals, businesses and local groups who have contributed or pledged $275,000. Thank you!

April 2nd Meeting with MBLC, Representative Dykema, and Senator Spilka

Hopkinton Library was the topic of discussion at a meeting at the State House on April 2nd with representatives from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), Representative Carolyn Dykema and Senator Karen Spilka. In March, Hopkinton moved up to #3 on the waiting list for a state Library Construction Grant. A bond bill including $150 million for Public Library Construction has passed the House of Representatives, and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor within the next few months. If Hopkinton residents approve funding for the renovation and expansion of our library at Town Meeting on May 5 and at the Town Election on May 19, then Hopkinton may proceed to signing a grant agreement with MBLC as soon as July. Once a grant agreement is signed, Hopkinton will get its first payment of the $4.5 million grant and the town may begin design refinement. The target date for opening of the renovated and expanded library is December 2016.