Reading voters on Tuesday approved a $3.5 million debt exclusion that will allow the Reading Public Library to proceed with an expansion project.
“On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees I once again express our appreciation for the continued faith and support of the community for this exciting project,” said David Hutchinson, Chairman of the Library Building Committee, in a statement. "Reading deserves a modern library to accompany its wonderful staff and programming, and its residents have generously and wisely signaled their desire to achieve it.”
Construction work is scheduled to begin in the fall.
Said Library Director Ruth Urell, “Today the people of Reading voted to invest in their future ... We will strive to create a warm and welcoming library that will serve Reading for many years.”Added Alice Collins, chair of the Library Ballot Committee, “We are very heartened by the positive vote and thrilled that the town has registered its endorsement for this new era for the library. For a long time, the library staff have done wonderful programming in very challenging conditions so it will be exciting to see what they can do working under more suitable conditions with greatly enhanced resources."