The Rogers Free Library celebrated the opening of its new Teen Space Sunday, February 23, with a ribbon cutting and open house. Doing the honors were (from left) Aditi Mehta, Shivani Mehta, Isabella McAdam and Dylan Barone. The space – ideal for studying, gaming, crafting and socializing – was designed and furnished with input from teens.
The $325,000 Library renovation also included an additional 24-seat conference room for community use and quiet study spaces on the Library’s third floor. The six-month building project was handled by Middletown-based JPS Construction and Design.
The space renovation came about as a response to the public’s input during the Strategic Planning process. The greater Bristol community requested meeting space and a more teen friendly space. A grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) foundation, funded the project. The Friends support many of the library programs, including children’s reading programs and Lynda.com, which makes more than 14,000 video courses available to Library patrons.
We’re changing things up a bit in 2020! So far, you’ve met most of the staff via our blog or e-newsletter. This year we would like to focus on our Trustees and Friends! Allow us to introduce BETTY!
Hello Library lovers! I am Betty and I chair the Board of Trustees of the Rogers Free Library. I have been serving as a Trustee for a considerable time, and have been part of significant change over time. I worked on the Capital Campaign to build the “new” library, and served as the Ex-Officio representative to Friends of the Library when the current renovation was fully funded! Most recently, I led the Strategic Planning process that has resulted in a new Mission Statement, a new LOGO, revised Bylaws, and enhanced policies and processes. I am proud to serve this community institution.
I too am a book lover, but the educator part of me also enjoys planning and organizing. Being a Trustee gives me the opportunity to do all of that. It also gives me the opportunity to interact with the staff and see firsthand how much they contribute to the life of this library. If we learned one thing from the community forums that were held during the strategic planning process, it was that this staff is loved by the patrons they serve.
As long as I serve as a Trustee, I will continue to work for the betterment of this library and our staff. Your feedback is important in that process. Please do not hesitate to contact me.