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LANGDON LIBRARY ~ FROM 1892 TO THE 21 ST CENTURY. LANGDON LIBRARY - HISTORY. 1890 Woodbury Langdon bequeaths books and money to town of Newington for library 1892 Library constructed 1893 Library dedicated 1913 Addition constructed 1969 Addition proposed by librarian Marjorie Pickering.

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Langdon library from 1892 to the 21 st century

LANGDON LIBRARY~FROM 1892 TO THE 21ST CENTURY


Langdon library history

LANGDON LIBRARY - HISTORY

  • 1890 Woodbury Langdon bequeaths books and money to town of Newington for library

  • 1892 Library constructed

  • 1893 Library dedicated

  • 1913 Addition constructed

  • 1969 Addition proposed by librarian Marjorie Pickering

  • 1970 Small “wings” (bathrooms, storage) added to 1913 addition

  • 1971 Phase 2 (Children’s Room) of addition “temporarily shelved”

  • 2013 Addition & renovations proposed


Langdon library needs

LANGDON LIBRARY NEEDS

  • Structural and system upgrades

  • Repair rotten sills in basement

  • Repair support beams in attic


Langdon library needs1

LANGDON LIBRARY NEEDS

  • Attic is non-accessible and not rated for book storage

  • Can be used for light storage only


Langdon library needs2

LANGDON LIBRARY NEEDS

  • Support beams have split, slipped, and shifted over years

  • October 2012 earthquake may have exacerbated damage


Newington loves its library

NEWINGTON LOVES ITS LIBRARY

In 2011, per capita, we were 16th busiest library out of 234

in the state!

In 2012, we were even busier with 8,802 patron visits!


A modern library needs

A MODERN LIBRARY NEEDS

  • More (and more flexible) square footage to support a wide variety of activities & programs

  • More shelf space for expanding collections

  • Improved energy efficiency to lower operating costs

  • Floor plan that allows current staffing levels to oversee entire building

  • Dedicated acoustically separated children’s room

  • Dedicated staff work room for materials processing

  • Dedicated quiet rooms for tutoring, proctoring, tax prep, quiet study, computer training, private meetings, etc.


Flexible space means

FLEXIBLE SPACE MEANS

  • Space is available for story time & crafts, film screenings, book discussions, author visits, historic displays, art, etc.

  • Dedicated quiet spaces to serve small groups

  • A library ready to serve needs as they evolve into the future


Shelves are packed

SHELVES ARE PACKED

  • Currently library has only 1,000 linear feet of shelf space

  • Shelves are at or near capacity now

  • No room to grow the collection or to display materials

  • No room to house and display historic books and materials


Expanded shelving space

EXPANDED SHELVING SPACE

  • Would double shelf capacity to support next 50 years of book, movie, game, and technology acquisitions

  • Allow us to properly protect and display original Woodbury Langdon collection


Better energy efficiency

BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Take advantage of Southern exposure for passive solar

  • Modern lighting controls to reduce electricity use

  • Improved insulation for improved building envelope

  • Latest HVAC for efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning year-round

  • Design goals include:

    • Green operations

    • Sustainable maintenance

    • LEEDs-eligible efficiency standards


National library standards

NATIONAL LIBRARY STANDARDS

By Thomas A. Ladd, MLS

6,612 sq.ft


Langdon library overview

LANGDON LIBRARY OVERVIEW

  • Re-grading of surrounding grounds to eliminate need for access ramps

  • Angle-in parking saves grass and doubles available parking

  • Trees taken will be used/sold if possible

  • Town forest unaffected


New library floor plan

NEW LIBRARY FLOOR PLAN

Red circles = wheelchair turning radius

Blue = reused existing fixtures from old library


Break down of costs

BREAK DOWN OF COSTS

  • New Addition: $1,352,168 ($224.65 per ft2)

  • Existing Library Repairs: $366,000

    (if done in conjunction with

    expansion)

  • Fire Suppression: $172,459 (cistern, pumps)

  • This yields a Guaranteed Maximum Price of:

    $1,890,627


Funding sources

FUNDING SOURCES

  • Private Fundraising

    • Buy-a-Brick

    • Sponsor-a-Stack

    • Naming Opportunities

  • Donation from Langdon Library Trust Fund

  • Corporate Fundraising

  • Historic Preservation Grants

  • NOTE: Fundraising only works if town votes to bond!


Tax impact

TAX IMPACT

  • The quoted interest rate for a 5 year bond (as of 2/26/13) is

    2%

  • This yields a $0.40 per thousand impact on the tax rate

  • The median home in Newington is valued at $500,000 (per 2010 state census)

  • The average home would pay $16.67 per month (55 cents per day)


What if we just fix it

WHAT IF WE JUST FIX IT?

  • The cost to fix the library alone (without the addition) would go up by $100,000-$150,000 in construction cost alone.

  • This is because certain aspects would not be at a reduced rate associated with a “bigger” job

  • Fire suppression still needs to be provided (cistern)

  • Fixing the building means that ADA compliancy MUST be met -- the library is NOT exempt as being in the historic district

  • Therefore, nearly ½ of the existing items in the library would need to be removed and stored (at an additional cost)

  • Worst of all, the library would need to be closed for several months during the process!


Langdon library from 1892 to the 21 st century

THE NEW Langdon library!


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