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Wayland’s one-time Opportunity

Submitted by the Board of Library Trustees

Wayland has been awarded a grant of $10,137,980 by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to help defray the cost of constructing a new public library at 195 Main Street, the site of the former Highway Department garage. Wayland voters must now decide whether to accept this grant and commit to the remainder of the cost of constructing a building that will serve our town for generations to come.

To keep this money, voters must vote Yes twice:

March 27th, at the election, vote Yes on ballot question 1, which allows the town to pay for library construction using a debt exclusion.
April 3rd, at Town Meeting, vote Yes on Article 17 to authorize funds to construct a new public library. Town Meeting starts April 2nd.

The Library Trustees have been studying library spaces and services at 5 Concord Road since 2001. We have formed six citizen committees, comprised of more than 70 elected, appointed, and volunteer citizens, and hired five professional teams of architects and engineers, four library consultants, and two survey analysts. Our committees, with input from 2,414 survey respondents plus forum and focus-group attendees, have produced eight final reports. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been spent. The most recent study, funded in November 2015 by Special Town Meeting, concluded that 5 Concord Road cannot be expanded to provide the services and spaces needed for this community now and well into the future. The Trustees compiled an application for a state grant, and Town Meeting in 2017 authorized its submission. As part of the grant review process, the MBLC dispatched a member of the review team to Wayland to evaluate our building. The MBLC agreed with our assessment of our spaces and services¬—out of 33 applications, we received the third-largest of nine grant awards. This is a one-time, site-specific, time-limited offer. To receive the grant, the Town must report two “Yes” votes to the MBLC by April 11, 2018.

The Board of Library Trustees would not ask voters to pay for a new public library without the help of state grant money. This spring, for a limited time, $10.1MM of our state tax dollars are available to us as a town.

What will we get? A public library that reflects the values we hold as a town: a dedication to academic excellence and to a strong, multigenerational community engaged in civic discourse and honest inquiry. A place that is open to us year-round. A place that excites our youngest to learn and supports and engages our parents and caregivers. A place that invites our teens to gather, learn, and become involved in their community, with after-school and vacation programming just for them. Whether you enjoy lectures, films, author talks, discussions, technology classes, or just a good read, the library welcomes us all.

The Board of Library Trustees urge you to vote Yes on March 27th and April 3rd to authorize the construction of a new building for this essential Wayland institution.

Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Lesson – A Degenerative Disease Won’t Stop Us Achieving Greatness

Newsweek 3/15/18: Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Lesson – A Degenerative Disease Won’t Stop Us Achieving Greatness by Wayland resident and Chair of the ALS Association Board of Trustees Stephen Winthrop. I am one of at least 20,000 Americans currently living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), just a part of the broader worldwide community mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking. His life was exceptional in many ways, just one of which was how full a life he lived for more than fifty years after his diagnosis of ALS. He has inspired me to focus on what I can do, rather than what my body can no longer do.

Crozier named K-8 superintendent in Sudbury

Wayland Town Crier 3/18/18: Crozier named K-8 superintendent in Sudbury. Brad Crozier was unanimously selected the next superintendent of Sudbury K–8 schools. Crozier emerged as the successful candidate at a special meeting of the Sudbury K-8 School Committee on Friday after a long selection process that included 35 candidates for the job.

Local stores adapt to plastic bag ban

Wayland Student Press Network 3/14/18 Local stores adapt to plastic bag ban. Grocery stores in Wayland were recently required to remove all plastic bags from their stores. After being approved in an April town meeting, the ban came into effect on January 1, 2018. Since the ban began, local grocery stores have adapted to the change.

‘I Learned How To Barricade A Classroom In 5th Grade’

Wayland Patch 3/14/18: ‘I Learned How To Barricade A Classroom In 5th Grade’. Jessica Reilly first became aware of gun violence when she was in fifth grade, her teacher holding a debriefing after the Sandy Hook shooting. Since then, she and her classmates have learned which codes to listen for over the intercom, which closets to hide in, how to barricade a classroom door and where to meet in the event of a school shooting.

Diverse service experiences for Weston and Wayland students

Wayland Town Crier 3/14/18: Diverse service experiences for Weston and Wayland students. The Rotary Rising Youth Leadership Award winners for February, Robert Mosher of Weston and Rohini Ramesh of Wayland, impressed Rotarians with the variety and depth of their commitments to service.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed New Library

New Library Lobby

Submitted by the Board of Library Trustees

Why consider a new library building?
From staff experience and user surveys, we know that patrons want more space-especially for children, teens, quiet study, collaborative and small-group work, lectures and discussion groups, and universal access. Our current building is beautiful, but unfortunately does not support the services needed.

Where is the new location?
The new site is in the demographic center of town, at 195 Main Street, next to the Middle School and a Recreation parcel, within walking distance for many residents, and close to three other Wayland schools. It is on a main road, offering a smart reuse of town-owned land.

How was the size of the new building determined?
The size is based on patrons’ expressed needs, input from staff, library usage in nearby towns and in peer towns of similar sizes, national standards, and state guidelines. The plan also accommodates an anticipated increase in use by students from the Middle School.

What does this new library building offer?
The new library building offers many new features not possible in our current facility such as comfortable seating throughout, a large community room seating 100 and available for after-hours events, 7 small-group rooms, a teen room, an updated children’s room, a conference room, and a technology lab. The entire building will be fully accessible. There will be twice as many parking spots as we have at the current facility.

New Library Circulation and Adult Services

Has an expansion at 5 Concord Road been adequately studied?

The Board of Library Trustees has studied this question for almost two decades. Since 2001, library services and land use at 5 Concord Road have been diligently studied by 6 committees, comprising more than 70 elected, appointed, and volunteer citizens; 5 professional architecture and engineering firms; 4 independent library consultants; and 2 survey analysts. Along with input from 2,414 survey respondents, plus forum and focus-group attendees, these committees have produced 8 final reports on the issues at 5 Concord Road. More than $200,000 has been spent.

During the most recent study in 2015, the Trustees formed a citizen group, the Library Planning Committee, to research and advise on whether to explore an expansion of library services and whether to apply for a state library construction grant. In 2016, in collaboration with the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, the Trustees and the Library Planning Committee hired architects and other experts to examine suitable sites for expanded library services. After drawing up possible plans and examining the evidence from every angle, they determined that the current lot is too small for an adequate expansion and has environmental constraints that make it impossible to meet the 21st-century demand for library services, spaces, and parking.

What will happen to 5 Concord Road?
As part of a thoughtful and comprehensive process, the Board of Selectmen will consider uses that will allow the building to remain an important part of Wayland’s civic life. The Library Planning Committee suggests that a committee be appointed to gather and generate ideas.

How much will my taxes go up?
The Wayland Finance Committee estimates an average household tax increase of $6.01 a week, or $313 in the first year, and declining in the following years – with a total of $4,721 per household over the course of the twenty-year project.

People keep talking about $18M in cost. But the warrant says $28M. Why?
The total cost of the new library project is $28M, and the state strongly recommends that the town authorize the full amount of the project. However, the state has offered Wayland a one-time grant of $10,137,980 for this project and the Library Trustees are contributing an additional $750,000, leaving a net estimated maximum cost of $18,052,730 from taxpayers.

If the article doesn’t pass at the election and Town Meeting, can we vote again next year?
No. If the town does not fund the project with 2 actions — voting Yes on the ballot on March 27th to use a debt exclusion to pay for the library project and Yes again on the library article at Town Meeting on April 3rd for the new library, — the state grant will be offered to another town.
There are no current plans for another grant round.
The state deadline for these 2 affirmative votes is Wednesday, April 11th.