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Letter: Disappointed by Weathersfield Vote on Library

To the Editor:

Although I was very impressed with the voter turnout in Weathersfield on Town Meeting Day, I was sorry that the Proctor Library renovation was voted down, albeit by a narrow margin. I’m not sure how many are aware of all the work that went into preparing for the vote. The committee put in countless hours and several years before bringing the bond proposal to the voters. It has worked diligently in raising money in various ways to go toward the renovation.

The only improvement since the library was built in 1902 was in 1977, when running water and a toilet were installed. Nothing has been done since then. Although grant money can be applied for, that can’t happen until the bond money is voted in the affirmative. The building is, indeed, very historic and should be preserved, but much additional space is desperately needed in order for maximum use to be achieved. At present, there is inadequate space not only for the library but for other uses as well. When programs are held there, the seating is extremely cramped and only holds a small number of people. In short, when another bond vote for improvements is asked for, I urge Weathersfield voters to turn out in force and vote for the bond to accomplish it. Our town deserves to have not just a historic library, but one that is accessible and usable for residents and visitors alike.

Lorraine Zigman