Guilderland library ready for next chapter

In 2006, the Growing for Generations Committee was created to review the strategic long-range plan's progress.

The committee wrote a report to the Board of Trustees in April 2007 discussing their conclusions that stated, "The Guilderland Public Library will soon reach a ceiling in its ability to meet community needs unless significant action is taken relating to increasing available space in which services are provided."

It went on to say that there are still factors in the strategic long-range plan that have not been addressed yet, despite the library's progress, such as growing demographics and a dramatic increase in the use of the library.

"We started feeling the physical need in 2005," said Library Director Barbara Nichols Randall.

Nichols Randall attributed the need for an expansion just 15 years after the library was built to Guilderland's increasing population. "The amount of people that use the library is a reflection of that growth," she said.

Nichols Randall said that the expansion will be able to meet the needs of the community by having a larger space dedicated to local history, an increase in the children's area so that two story times can be going on at once and more area to hold meetings.

In regard to the building being "green" Nichols Randall said, "It's definitely the way to go. By renovating the building in that way, it will cut utility costs for the community and help the environment."

A member of the public and former trustee, Merry Sparano, agrees. She said that her favorite aspect about the proposed design is its eco-friendly approach, "It's a good way to educate the public." Sparano said that she visits the library about three or four times a year and that she particularly enjoys its programs such as the Big Read speakers, and the Second Sunday concert series.

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