Info For Children Virtual Library Archives
Zone Senior Page What
to Read Virtual Gallery Support
Contact Us Library Events
Coming soon - details about
the Wheeler Memorial Library building project
We're excited to get this information out to you ASAP, but our
website is not as excited - the PDFs and images we want to have here
have caused the entire
library website to crash more times than your humble site admin can
Meeting agendas and minutes, a future meeting calendar, and a better
What we have now:
PDF of the most current building design
A PDF of the most current 3D model
- Question: Who is on the Building
The Building Committee currently has 6 members: Jessica Magelaner, (the
library director and committee chair), Joanne Woodcock, Deborah Kent,
Candace Cross, Robin Shtulman, and Maria Bull.
- Question: Why are you applying for a
grant now? Why not wait another 6-8 years?
The money might not be there in another 6-8 years! Currently,
grants are only awarded every 6 years, but it's looking more and more
likely that they will be pushed back to 8 years after this round, and
with less money to go around. (Governor Baker cut 98 million dollars
from this fiscal year budget in early December - money is tight
everywhere!) When we were first approved for this grant back in 2003,
the state was prepared to reimburse us for 80% of the project costs.
Now, in 2016, we're hoping to get 50% of the project cost reimbursed,
and the work has only gotten more expensive over the last 13 years, The
longer we wait, the more it will cost the town. Applying for a grant
now is our best shot at giving Orange an up-to-date, up-to-code library
while minimizing the cost to the town.
- Question: Up-to-code? What's wrong with
the library the way it is now?
The library as it is now isn't accessible, and there's no effective way
to make it accessible without significant renovation. We have one small
bathroom for staff and public, we have very limited meeting space and
quiet study space, our children's room is subject to leaks and mildew
issues, our children's programming room is also our storage/public
meeting/staff room space, our teen space is just a corner with a few
tables, and it shares a room with our public internet
there is no part of the library available to the town or public without
a staff member present, and no part of the library is ADA-compliant.
- Question: Why do we need a new library
in Orange when there's a brand-new library in Athol?
It's fantastic that Athol has a new library, and Orange deserves one
too! One of the great things about the Wheeler Memorial Library is that
it's right downtown, within easy walking and driving distance for a lot
of residents. Also, remember that investing in your community sends a
signal to developers and homebuyers that you care about your town and
its future. It's not a coincidence that when Athol citizens voted "yes"
to renovate their library and school they also saw an upturn in new
business and increased confidence from existing businesses! Also,
should anything ever happen to the Wheeler Library that could cause it
to close, the Athol library trustees have been very clear that Orange
residents will no longer be allowed to borrow materials through the
Athol Library. Athol and Orange are part of a consortium called C/W Mars.
We share materials with each other, and with every other library in the
consortium. If Orange fails to take care of its library to the point
where it no longer has resources to share, then other libraries, (and
their taxpayers!), have no good reason to continue to share with Orange.
- Question: What did the vote at the
special town meeting on December 10th accomplish? What is Orange now
The vote on the 10th gave us your support to file an application with
the MBLC to try to get a grant. Orange is not committed to officially
supporting the application, (we'll be back at another special town
meeting before June for that), and it is definitely not committed to
accepting the grant; we'll ask for that once we find out if the MBLC is
even willing to give us a grant. (Filing the application does not
guarantee Orange a grant, though we think we have a pretty good chance!)
- Question: What if we don't get a grant?
Then the building project will have to wait for the next grant round.
The trustees of the library and the building committee all live in
Orange as well - they know the town can't support the full cost of the
- Question: This Q&A didn't answer
my question, who should I contact?
Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to a Building Committee
meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for January 4 at 7PM - we'll
post the place and the agenda at mytowngovernment.org
once we've got it confirmed.