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JANUARY 2000Volume 2 Number 1

Connecticut State Library Board Notes

The State Library Board met on November 22, 1999. Judge Joseph P. Flynn was welcomed as the newest member of the Board. Judge Flynn replaces Judge John Ronan as the appointee of the Chief Court Administrator, Judge Robert Leuba. The major item of business was the approval of $3,359.023 in 1999-2000 State Public Library Construction grants. (See below)

In other business, State Librarian Kendall Wiggin reported on the State Library's Staff Development Day. On November 17th 133 State Library staff members met in Keeney Memorial Hall at the Old Wethersfield Historical Society. The day afforded staff the opportunity to meet each other, work at teambuilding, and to identify areas for improvement. The staff also enjoyed a thought provoking talk by Arnold Hirshon, Executive Director of NELINET. Mr. Wiggin thanked the Board for making the day possible by allowing the State Library to close all of its facilities for that day.

Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) Chair Richard Lowenstein distributed the meeting notes from the October 20th ACLPD Planning Day to the Board for their review. The Council is re-evaluating its priorities in an effort to channel its energies more effectively. Mr. Lowenstein welcomed the Board's suggestions or comments on what ACLPD could do to continually focus in the direction that the State Library Board is moving. ACLPD has decided to have a representative at each State Library Board meeting, in the future. Regular meetings of the Board for the year 2000 are scheduled for January 24, March 27, May 22, July 24, September 25, and November 27.

TownsProjectsTotal Cost
Of Projects
 CATEGORY #1 PROJECTS (projects that create additional usable library space, such as new buildings, additions and renovations):
GranbyRenovation of non-library space in Granby Public Library for children's room.$485,500$160,871.46
HartfordExpansion and renovation of Goodwin Branch Library.$1,553,000$500,000.00
NorwalkExpansion and renovation of South Norwalk Branch Library.$2,441,307$500,000.00
Old SaybrookExpansion and renovation of Acton Public Library.$2,881,788$500,000.00
OxfordNew construction of Oxford Public Library.$4,146,500$500,000.00
PlainvilleExpansion and renovation of Plainville Public Library.$4,900,010$500,000.00
WaterburyNew construction of WOW Neighborhood Library Learning Center.$2,238,215$500,000.00
 CATEGORY #2 PROJECTS (projects that make buildings ADA compliant, correct fire or building code violations, remodel to accommodate new technologies or provide for energy conservation):
MiddlefieldRemodeling (new circulation and children's desks)$30,000$10,000.00
MiddletownRemodeling (Gateway Center and reference)$300,000$100,000.00
New CanaanRemodeling (circulation and reference areas)$99,623$33,207.00
North CanaanHandicapped access (stairs, elevator, bathroom)$165,500$54,945.00
Grand Total$3,359,023.46

State Public Library Construction grant awards may fund one-third (1/3) of the total cost of a project, with a maximum grant of $500,000 and a minimum grant of $3,333. Next year's budget is projected to be $2.5 million for FY01. Grant applications are due September 1, 2000. If you would like more information about this grant program, contact Mary Louise Jensen, Building Consultant, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106, phone: 860-566-2712.

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