February 4, 2014 

Hello!  Thank you so much for so many of you that came to the North Hampton Deliberative Session on Saturday. We hope that you felt the time was informative. 

For those that were not able to make the Deliberative Session, we hope will please watch the video of the session. If you are only interested in the North Hampton Town Campus article, Article #7, then skip ahead to about minute 40.

 Town Deliberative Session Video

For more information, you are also invited to a neighborhood talk where there will be opportunity for additional questions and feedback.   

  • February 27, 2014       7PM             Town Hall

The Library is tasked to raise 50% of the funds associated with the Library’s portion of the Town Campus project.  We hope that you will support and contribute to our campaign.  Please see the attached flyer on how you can get involved.  If you have any questions about the library’s role in the proposed Town Campus or how you can help the Library Capital Campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact us at campaign@nhplib.org or nhpltrustees@gmail.com. We also need your support at the elections on March 11. 

Sincerely,
NHPL Trustees & the Library Director
Kelly Parrott, Chair
John Kollmorgen, Treasurer
Susan Leonardi, Secretary
Susan Grant, NHPL Director

February 3, 2014

The Deliberative Session discussion on the North Hampton Campus was well attended on Saturday.   Town Administrator, Paul Apple outlined the history of the project and then provided the details of the current recommendation, which is to build a new Public Safety building on the Homestead property and a new Library between the current Police station and the “Stone Building.”  The Library construction and Town Offices renovation will begin once the Police move into the new Public Safety building.

Taking this phased approach with some shared spaces minimizes costs and maximizes efficiencies for the project because no departments will be displaced during construction, and the shared lobby for Town Offices and Library reduce costs.

One of the most compelling elements of this plan is that it essentially costs the town the same as doing nothing (repairing issues as they come up and maintaining existing structures).  Annual maintenance on inefficient existing structures, ongoing repairs and liabilities related to both handicapped accessibility and gender discrimination combine to result in the same or greater cost than if the new Campus is constructed.  For more information on the specifics of this project and related costs, click here to view Paul Apple’s presentation.

The Library Trustees and Staff have been hard at work putting together the Campaign details, and we are off to a strong start.  With 100% of Trustees and Library Staff donating to the Campaign, it is clear that the plan to construct a new Library has broad support among those closest to the project.

We still have a long way to go to meet our Campaign goal, though.  And in the near term we are also focused on supporting the Campus Plan in the March 11 election.  To move forward with the North Hampton Campus plan, we must have 60% of the voters support in the upcoming election.  Turnout among Library supporters will be key to the success of the vote, and we strongly encourage you to vote and support the Town Campus Article.

How can you help?

Please review the information provided in this section about the new Library.  The more information you have, the easier it will be to dispel misinformation about the plans.  In addition to the presentation from the Deliberative Session, below are some links to more documents with information about the North Hampton Campus:

1.      Case for Support
2.      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
3.      Design Renderings   

 If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Campaign@nhplib.org