Hopkinton Permanent Building Committee
In May 2010, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) formed the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) to provide an efficient, professional mechanism for overseeing the design, construction, reconstruction, alteration or enlargement of Town buildings. The BOS appointed 5 regular PBC members plus 3 additional members for the Library project only. In August 2010, the PBC began work on the Library project with a feasibility study by Johnson Roberts Architects.
In the Fall 2010, the PBC worked with diligently with Johnson Roberts Architect to develop a viable and desirable addition/renovation to the existing building at 13 Main Street. As part of the design process, the PBC provided residents with numerous opportunities to comment on plans for the Library expansion project. Between August 2010 and April 2010, the PBC held 12 public meetings regarding the Library project, and made 20 presentations to Hopkinton Boards, Committees, and residents to solicit feedback and comments on the proposed library plans. Specifically, the PBC held three public forums in the Fall of 2010 (at the Fire Station and Senior Center), and two more forums in April 2011 (one broadcast live at HCAM and another in a child-friendly format at the library). The PBC provided regular reports to the BOS at public meetings, as well as sought input from the Land Use and Planning Departments, the Planning Board, Zoning Advisory Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, Town Department Heads, Public Safety officers (fire/police/DPW), and Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce.
In January 2011, the PBC submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) a preliminary design for the renovated and expanded library building as part of the Town’s application for state library construction funds. In July 2011, the MBLC approved the proposed library design and awarded Hopkinton a grant of $4,533,580 to restore, renovate and expand its library, about 45% of the total cost of the project.
In September 2012, after evaluating all Town buildings, the PBC issued a report which found that the Library (along with Center School and the DPW facility) does not meet the current needs of the community. The PBC did not evaluate these buildings for potential future needs as the town grows.
PBC Members are:
Dan McIntyre, Chair
David Godfrey, Member
Holly Morand, Member
PBC Members for Library Project only:
Hopkinton Public Library Board of Trustees
A five-member elected board responsible for overseeing the library for the benefit of the community. Working closely with the library director, members are responsible for establishing library policies and plans, determining the final budget, and conducting public relations.
Board members are:
Susan Porter, Chair
Beth D’Alleva, Member
June Harris, Secretary
Michael McNamara, Liason
Stanley Pulnick, Co-Chair
Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library
A nonprofit, membership organization that generously supports the immediate needs of Hopkinton Public Library through its important activities such as library book sales and its annual apple crisp sale at PolyArts. Click here for the website of Friends of Hopkinton Public Library.
Beth Mezitt, President
Library Director and Staff
Deborah Ervin – Interim Director
Heather Backman – Adult Services Librarian
Denise Kofron – Youth Services Librarian
Anne Thie – Youth Services Librarian
Toni Alexander – Sr. Library Technician
Nancy Baker-Fowler – Sr. Library Technician
Linda Connelly – Sr. Library Technician and Historical Collection
Nia Gallagher – Sr. Library Technician
Sara Hunter – Coordinator: Technical Services
Carol LeSuer – Sr. Library Technician
Donna Olafsen – Library Technician
Maureen Belger – Library Technician
Jane Murdock – Library Technician
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
The Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.
State Representative Carolyn Dykema, 8th Middlesex District
In January 2013, Representative Dykema co-sponsored a $150 million bond bill to fund the construction of public libraries on the waiting list for state library funds, including Hopkinton Public Library. The bill (H.2996) has been referred to the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development which hears library-related legislation.