The Top 10 Reasons

10. It’s overdue. Built in 1895, our Library was renovated and expanded only once, in 1967.

“The Hopkinton Public Library has been an important part of our town for more than 100 years. And despite the advent of the digital age, public libraries across the U.S. – including the Hopkinton Public Library – are busier than ever… Our historic, downtown building has not expanded since 1967 (that’s almost 50 years!), while the population of Hopkinton has quadrupled. If you have visited the library recently, you know that space is scarce.”

Ron and Marie Eldridge, Hopkinton Residents.

9. Not enough space. At just 5,700 square feet, there is insufficient space for library collections, resources, services, programs, meetings, and events (only 28 seats in the entire building) to serve our population of 15,000.

“In my two years of service to the library I have come to learn we have a fabulous Director who, along with her amazing staff, work tirelessly to bring the best publications, services and programs to our community. But I have also come to see they are working with limited and inadequate resources. Our current library leaves no space for a growing collection, no space for study, no space for public meetings or programs.”

June Harris, Library Trustee and Hopkinton Resident.

8. Deteriorating building. The 120-year old library building needs $1.1 million in repairs and maintenance.

“But, the library building, however charming, is old and way too small to accommodate a modern library. It is far from energy efficient, and the systems are in a constant state of disrepair. Minimal repairs would cost the town over a million dollars.”

Susan Porter, Hopkinton Resident and Library Trustee.

7. The state will pay $4.5 million! On August 7, 2014, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded Hopkinton Public Library its $4.5 million provisional construction grant for the renovation and expansion of our Library.

“The logic of taking advantage of the grant as well as the generosity of time and effort spent by the Foundation to raise private funds to help with the project expenses make this the time to rebuild.”

Sally and Ben Getchell, Hopkinton Residents.

6. Modernize for the 21st Century. The new Library will include a technology classroom and additional computers throughout, and will be energy efficient and fully accessible to all.

“Consequently, these days I have grown to have an even deeper love for books (despite our society’s evolutionary adoption of using more cyber-friendly devices to read like “the Kindle.”) If you ask my family about my books, they might tell you that I am a book hoarder as I now have so many of my own. You might think that having so many books would detract my need from continuing my trips to the public library. On the contrary, the public library has continued to be a second home and haven for me throughout the remainder of my life.”

Cheryl Perreault, Hopkinton Resident.

5. Parking! A 21-space dedicated parking lot off Church Street.

“The renovation and expansion is necessary. It would allow for several much needed improvements, such as parking. Anyone who has navigated the current street parking (especially in winter) with children in tow knows it is not easy or safe.”

Kate Denon, Hopkinton Resident.

4. Economic benefit. The anchor of Hopkinton Center, a renovated and expanded library will serve as a catalyst of economic growth and development in downtown Hopkinton.

“Once completed the new improved library will also be the catalyst for local business investment and growth in the downtown – certainly another aspect of this project that we support as well.”

Scott Richardson, Hopkinton Resident and Chamber of Commerce President.

3. Something for everyone. As the intellectual and social hub of our community, our new Library will feature: spacious Children’s and Young Adult sections, a 110-seat multipurpose space, study rooms, and meeting space for all residents, from infants to seniors.

“Our Hopkinton library inadequately represents a place to share, grow and learn as a community. Libraries support three core missions: promoting reading, offering access to information and anchoring communities. Hopkinton has outgrown its landmark library as a place of contact, community and pride. People cannot afford to retreat into the digital information age. The new role of libraries as de-facto community centers has practical implications on learning, extending and sharing knowledge. As a resident, I encourage people to preserve our sense of community and help restore our historic library for the greater good.”

The Kassab Family, Hopkinton Residents.

2. Less than $8.00 a month. The new Library will cost the average household only $95 for the first year, with the tax impact decreasing each year over the span of the 20 year bond.

“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.”

John and Maureen Belger, Library Trustee and Hopkinton Residents.

1. Already raised over $850,000. Through the generosity of hundreds of Hopkinton Families, Businesses and Local Groups, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised over $850,000 in 1000 Homes pledges and contributions and through numerous successful events.

“Please also consider joining the 1,000 homes for the Library effort by pledging a donation of $1,000 or more; your donation can be made over time. When our library was first funded in 1893, it was in response to a challenge by resident John Quincy Adams whereby he would donate $4,000 if the residents raised $10,000 and build the library in 2 years. Fifteen members of the community funded the entire cost of the library. Please consider joining our family, honoring those original founders, and pledge your donation today.”

Muriel and Randy Kramer, Hopkinton Residents.