Accessibility Project

The next meeting of the CFL Accessibility Project Committee, originally scheduled for Monday, June 29th via Zoom, has been postponed. New date: Wednesday July 1st at 6:00 pm.  Committee members will receive a link, and visitors may request a link by emailing the library.

This long-dreamed-about project was made possible through a very generous gift from former library volunteer Denise Nangle to the Friends of Castleton Free Library.  The Friends and Trustees agreed upon a funding match of three-quarters from Denise’s bequest to one quarter from the library’s capital account, with additional funding to be sought through grants.

An earlier committee of Friends, Trustees, staff, and community members-at-large worked to interview and select an architect.  Based on their recommendation, the Trustees voted to hire Tom O’Brien at their June 1st meeting. A new committee was charged by the Trustees to make a design recommendation for the project to the Trustees, and to assist with grant applications and other tasks necessary for timely success.

This project will be focused around three goals:

  • To improve access for all, including both outside access and vertical access (hopefully an elevator; possibly a lift) to the Adult Room

    To provide an accessible bathroom on the upper floor

    To achieve the above goals without net loss of any current space (programming space, librarians’ work and storage space, stacks)

This is an exciting time, with special challenges due to Covid, but we all hope to break ground in the spring.  In the meantime, be watching for updates.  We’ll be posting a community survey very soon, and scheduling a community forum later in the summer.

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