Yes. Since we last reported on plans to move the library to the Armory (5th St and State St.) a lot of progress has been made, though a great deal of hard work remains.
The Galan Initiatives Foundation (see the Register Star article “Nonprofit’s goal: city’s improvement” -12/31/2011) owns the Armory and offered to partner with the Library in the construction of a new library within the Armory in the 10,000 sq. ft. “drill hall”. The GalVan Foundation will make a large contribution towards the construction costs and then lease the space to the library for 30 years at $12 per year.
Since the initial discussions the Board of the Library and GalVan Initiatives Foundation have held numerous meetings to develop a process to carry out this plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that was signed in early January 2012. This document describes the responsibilities of each party and the process to achieve the results desired.
Corey Fleming has announced that he has accepted a position as Regional Manager of the Hartford, CT Library System, a career opportunity he felt he could not let pass. His last day working at the library will be Friday, August 12th. We wish him well.
Corey is working with the staff and trustees to ensure as seamless a transition as possible. A search for a new library director has begun. In the interim, and until a new director has been hired, we have asked Emily Bennison, Library Assistant, to bridge the gap by assuming extra administrative and management duties.
President of the Board of Trustees, Theresa Parsons said, “These transitions are always difficult. However, we are fortunate to have staff and volunteers with many years of experience and a deep interest in the library. They’ll keep the library running smoothly and in a professional manner.”