2014-03-27 / News

Librarian’s Corner

By donna fogarty

The trustees of the Jamestown Philomenian Library cordially invite all residents to the unveiling of the redesigned library on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m.

The first library was housed in what is now the Jamestown Historical Society building on Narragansett Avenue. The current library was built on its present site in 1979 and originally had a horseshoe driveway up to the front door from North Road. The 1979 library was larger, with more stacks and space for people to stay and enjoy books, newspapers and magazines. With the generosity of Katherine Wright and her family, a museum was incorporated into the 1979 design to house Native American artifacts discovered on Conanicut Island.

Fourteen years later, in 1993, the library expanded to include a meeting hall, small meeting spaces and an improved children’s library. The library was innovative in its expansion and use of technology. Indeed, the library, its staff and trustees were one of the forerunners of what is now Ocean State Libraries and the public system we all use today.

The building is now 35 years old, with the addition being 21 years old. The Jamestown structure is one of the most beautiful public libraries in the state of Rhode Island. How could it not be, being located on this beautiful island? For the past two years, the library board of trustees has been researching and evaluating how public libraries are changing, and how to keep up with those changes. Foremost, board members have been seeking to address the services that the residents of Jamestown desire and require: quiet reading areas, more meeting space for small groups and friends, a redesigned children’s room, and an area for teens and middle-school groups. The trustees have integrated the necessary requirements to ensure the essential beauty of the building, to protect the infrastructure of the operating mechanics, and to keep the library’s furnishings intact.

The library board of trustees has completed a vision plan of what the library will need to succeed, and to move into the future and serve the people of Jamestown for the next 20 years.

Please join us for this presentation.

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