Selectmen, Nonprofit Clash Over Edgartown Library Donations

Edgartown selectmen and members of the Edgartown Library Foundation sparred Monday over whether the nonprofit organization would turn over money for the town’s new library project, with selectmen criticizing the organization for a lack of transparency and withholding the money, while foundation members said they had concerns about the project’s completion and wanted naming opportunities for the new library.

Edgartown Library Eyes Move With $5 Million Grant

A new Edgartown Public Library, approved by town voters and hinging on state funding, took a giant leap toward reality Thursday.

Edgartown was awarded a $5 million grant Thursday from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, one of eight towns to receive $41.8 million in construction grants from the state.

Edgartown Library: A Critical Phase

Edgartown Library: A Critical Phase

By MAX HART

The Edgartown library must expand now or else fail the community it serves.

That's the message the board of trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library is hoping to convey to town officials and voters this week as it starts a critical phase of its push for expansion of the century-old facility. A crucial vote next week will decide the first step in what the board hopes will be a successful bid to bring the library into the 21st century.

Edgartown Library Expansion Sought

Edgartown Library Expansion Sought

Special Town Meeting Set for August 31; Plan is to Buy Captain Warren House; There Is Desperate Need for Space

By ALEXIS TONTI

Edgartown residents will convene this month for a special town meeting to decide whether to purchase a property adjacent to the Edgartown Free Public Library to make room for expansion of the century-old library.

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Ambitious Town Library Plan Unveiled

Historic Commission Takes First Look at Expansion

By IAN FEIN

Trustees of the Edgartown Free Public Library unveiled designs for the proposed $11.5 million expansion project on North Water street this week.

The plan, which would connect the Carnegie library and recently purchased Captain Warren house by way of a 17,000-square-foot addition, raised eyebrows at the historic district commission public hearing on Wednesday.

Edgartown Library Wins State Grant for Its Expansion Project

The Edgartown library has been provisionally awarded $4.59 million as part of an omnibus bond bill that authorizes a total of $137.5 million for public library construction across the state.

The grant would help pay for an expansion project for the library on North Water street with a price tag of $15 million.

The library began action on the project in 2004 when the town agreed to buy the Capt. Warren house next door to the library on North Water street.

Edgartown Library Prepares to Reopen

Edgartown library staffers were stepping over wet cement this week in an effort to ready the old Carnegie building on North Water street for its official reopening next Tuesday.

The sidewalk under repair is one thing that is not their problem — town highway superintendent Stuart Fuller is in charge of that project — but they have had their share of problems following last year’s furnace puffback incident. The building was closed in early December after a burst furnace covered much of the furniture, upholstery and stock in an oily vapor.

Edgartown Library Asks Voters To Fund $4 Million Grant Match

Still well short of their goal to raise $4 million from private contributions to expand and renovate the Edgartown Public Library, town library trustees turned to the selectmen for help this week, asking them to place an article on the annual town meeting warrant for the money.

The trustees need to raise $4 million by next June in order to receive a matching grant from the Massachusetts board of library commissioners. To date trustees have raised just under $750,000.

Edgartown Library Offers Valentine’s Basket Chances

Edgartown Library is raffling off a basket of Valentine treats on Friday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 each, two tickets for $5, or ten tickets for $20. The tickets make nice Valentine’s Day gifts themselves, and sales will support the library expansion program.

Edgartown Library Takes Home Five State Awards

On the strength of four entries, the Edgartown library won five state awards for excellence last month from the Massachusetts Library Association.

At the association’s annual convention in Springfield, the library won awards in every category it had entered, plus a special statewide honor as well.

The annual contest involves academic, public, school and special libraries across the state. Small communities like Edgartown compete against much larger urban facilities like those of Newton and Cambridge.

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