John and Maureen Belger, Library Trustee and Hopkinton residents

We are writing this letter to voice our support for the Library Expansion Project and to urge our neighbors throughout Hopkinton to vote “YES” for the Library on May 19 at the town election as they did at Town Meeting. In addition, we ask you to join us, as so many already have, in the very successful fundraising campaign now underway. We are proud to say that we are one of the “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library”.

The proposed newly expanded downtown library, designed with townspeople input and sized for the growing population is needed. The fact that it would be paid for in part through a large state grant and significant private fundraising underway as well as town funds makes this a win for residents. The average tax bill to support this important project that will benefit us all, would only rise by $95 a year and tail lower. A newly renovated and expanded library will serve to jump start downtown revitalization that we as a town most assuredly need.

The current library was built in the late 1800’s and was most recently renovated in the late 1960’s. It has served the town well. However, it is truly too small for a town our size and for a town the size we are to become. In addition, it is not easily accessible to handicapped, elderly and the upstairs children’s room is not able to accommodate either wheelchairs or strollers. Having a new library that is larger and accessible to all and is able to support programs for all is a necessity. Libraries in the 21’st Century, like the building envisioned by the renovated and expanded library, serve as community centers and provide expanded programs technology and the like for all our citizens, young and old, rich or poor.

The citizens of Hopkinton truly deserve a new, state of the art, accessible library that will serve all the citizens of this great town for the next 100 years and beyond. Please join us as we vote “YES” for the Library on May 19!

John and Maureen Belger 14 Colella Farm Road May 10, 2014