Hopkinton celebrates opening of expanded library – Milford Daily News

HOPKINTON — Fifteen-month-outdated Ayaansh Gupta posed for a photograph in entrance of signal within the youngsters's room of the city's newly renovated and expanded public library that asserts, "Studying can take you anyplace." 

Ayaansh loves learning and flipping by way of books, even when they're properly above his studying potential, his grandfather Sandeep Gupta mentioned Friday morning.

"As quickly as he got here into this room he discovered it fascinating," Gupta mentioned. "The atmosphere is nice. The gathering is nice."

Gupta, who spends most days along with his grandson, mentioned the brand new library is a good place for the 2 to spend time. For a couple of yr and a half, the library referred to as rented house on South Road dwelling.

After the official ribbon slicing on the entrance steps, residents swarmed to get a primary look. Libraries are now not solely about taking out books, however a spot for folks to assemble and create group, mentioned Mary Ann Cluggish, a Massachusetts Board of Library commissioner.

Public libraries are a spot for folks of all walks of life to satisfy — without spending a dime, mentioned Library Director Heather Backman.

"This constructing just isn't enough to attain our imaginative and prescient by itself," she mentioned. "We can't be the center of the group with out the group's participation."

She referred to as former Director Rownak Hussain the driving power behind the undertaking.

The library was in-built 1895 and expanded in 1967 when the city bought the previous St. Paul Episcopal Church constructing subsequent door. The growth makes the constructing about 25,000 sq. ft.

Residents accredited a debt-exclusion override to pay for the $11.eight million undertaking in Might 2014. The city has acquired a $four.5 million state grant towards the undertaking.

The undertaking took a couple of decade of planning, Backman mentioned. Many individuals spoke through the ribbon slicing on how the undertaking melded the historic options of the constructing with fashionable facilities.

"The glass doorways intensify the 19th structure of the unique library in addition to the previous Episcopal Church constructed within the 1890s," mentioned Laura Barry, who based the Hopkinton Public Library Basis. "The library now gives so many extra sources than earlier than, together with extra materials and state-of-the-artwork know-how."    

All nice civilizations have had in depth libraries for "storage of data and switch of information," selectmen Chairman John Coutinho mentioned.

"Some folks say libraries are now not wanted. We now have the web. We now have Google," he mentioned. "My reply to them is, 'Why do we'd like oceans when we now have water coming by way of the faucet? Why do we'd like theaters after we can watch a film on our cellphone?' We'd like many extra avenues of transferring information than the web, which all know will be hacked and corrupted in seconds."

Carol Walsh, who grew up subsequent door, remembers going to the unique library to get her first library card as a 4 yr outdated. She went on to change into the youngsters's librarian and later director. 

"I'm completely amazed at what they've created," she mentioned. "It's a welcoming place for everybody. They've coated every little thing you would want in a contemporary library."

One other former youngsters's librarian, Dinny Potenza, says the house will provide a extra instructional expertise. She hopes for a ukulele workshop sooner or later.

Of the brand new constructing, she mentioned: "It is past my wildest desires."

Jonathan Phelps will be reached at 508-626-4338 or jphelps@wickedlocal.com. Comply with him on Twitter @JPhelps_MW.

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