Marshfield: Library submits proposal for additional space

Trustees of the Marshfield Library appeared before the town’s board of selectmen Monday night, with a proposal to enlarge the library’s program room and children’s room.

Library Trustee Mary Ann Walsh submitted a proposal to selectmen to add an additional 4,000 square feet of space adjacent to the library.

Walsh said the additional space would allow the library to enlarge their program room and make more space for their overcrowded children’s room.

“The children’s area is very, very cramped. It’s already moving a number of its programs into what is the program room. It’s a very small space in a town that’s now over 25,000 in population”.

The recreation department currently occupies the space library wants to move into. Under this proposal the recreation department would move to another 4,000 square foot space at the site of the vacant Boys and Girls Club, which the town’s food pantry also wants to move into.

Walsh said for their part, the library is willing to work something out.

“They are (the rec dept.) in the space we’re looking to move to. So it would mean that they would move into the vacated space by the Boys and Girls Club. Then the competition comes in, because the food pantry also wants the space. I’m here asking for 4,000 square feet. We can compromise”.

Selectmen said they’ll meet with the rec department next to get their input on the proposal.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.