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tion wing for group activities, a dedicated quiet study room, several small meeting rooms, a chil-
  FAQ: Who is going to pay for this?
A total of $16,900,000 will be sent to referendum for the total cost of the project. However, an ap- plication is being submitted to the Connecticut State Library for $1M to defray costs. Additionally, the Library Board of Directors has a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain* to either further offset costs or pay for additional inci- dentals. The Friends of the Library* may also elect
to contribute funds.
*Donations are being accepted for either organization.
 dren’s program room, appropriate shelving, and better access to the friends book store. Eleva- tors and stairs will be in convenient locations, and the program room will have external access for meetings that run late. Possibilities for more programming and activities are endless.
The main level of the proposed facility will welcome the community and offer immediate, easy, and accessible access to the most popu- lar services, including the meeting room, eleva- tor and stairs, circulation desk, and the Friends used bookstore. The design addresses acous- tical separation by dividing quiet spaces and louder activities into separate areas.
Upstairs will be a family level providing sep- arate spaces for children and teens. Scattered through the children’s room will be activity ar- eas focusing on early literacy and development.
Concept renderings of the exterior offer a forward looking representation of our future while referencing our past.
The main level is divided
into collaborative (teal) and quiet (yellow) spaces to ensure acoustical separation.
The upper level
will be a family space
for both children (teal) and teens (yellow).
frastructure at the expense of space for people, programs, and collections.
The referendum will be held on Tuesday, No- vember 2, 2021.
  FAQ: Why is library construction so expensive?
The high levels of information technology and audio visual systems expected in a 21st century library require a robust infrastructure backbone. Proper ventilation requires complicated HVAC sce- narios that also tie into acoustical management and concerns. The Library needs to be attractive, durable, accessible, and functional. Furnishings and finishings, including walls and floors, that ac- complish all of these things increase costs.
Both study and hangout space will be provided for teens in an engaging environment. The par- tial basement will be used for mechanicals and storage.
To learn more about this project we encour- age you to visit the library website at: www., or stop by the library and seek out the Library Director and Board Members.
Voting yes is a vote for a library that is up to code while expanding space and addressing community needs. Voting no will still require mil- lions to be spent to reach code and upgrade in-
 FAQ: What does Southington want from their library?
“Better, more quiet rooms for studying or working as a group and not bothering anyone.”
“Space enough to hold the larger popular library programs without having to take up the main room.”
“Much larger children’s section with activity spaces and resources.”
Quotations are responses from anonymous survey in November, 2019.
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