By: Carol Meyer
The recent decision by the Hingham Public Library Trustees to withdraw a Town Meeting warrant article regarding a proposed renovation project linked to a potential $9.1 million state grant was due in large part to the increased cost of construction related to inflation and other factors as well as the many other competing capital projects under consideration.
It's uncertain at this time whether the Trustees will apply again to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners when the grant program becomes available again -- likely no earlier than 2025 and possibly later -- and what the next steps will be moving forward to meet library needs without grant money.
One thing is for sure, though -- Hingham Public Library continues to be the "go-to" place for children, teens, and adults who enjoy its many offerings -- ranging from an impressive collection of books, DVDs, e-Books, and CDs, awesome programming for all ages, concerts, research and technology assistance, computer access, a quiet welcoming environment, a beautiful courtyard, friendly and helpful customer service, and much more.
Many thanks and much appreciation to the Trustees and Library Director Linda Harper for their three years of hard work on the grant to make HPL an even better place -- and in advance for their continuing efforts to maintain its high-quality and level of service.
What do you like best about HPL, and what draws you and your kids/grandchildren there? What's your favorite offering?