Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Council President Attorney Michael Fenton, Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Parks, Buildings and Recreational Management (PBRM) Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, Capital Assets and Construction Director Peter Garvey, My-Ron Hatchett, Senior Project Manager, Springfield Library Director Molly Fogarty, and Board of Library Commission Chair Stephen Cary met today to discuss ongoing plans for the renovation and expansion of the East Springfield neighborhood library branch. The Springfield City Library has submitted a grant application with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Council President Attorney Michael Fenton and East Springfield Neighborhood Council President Kathy Brown for expressing their support to renovate and expand our East Springfield neighborhood library branch. I am proud of the fact that while other communities have consolidated their local library branches, my administration has worked hard with our local stakeholders and partnerships to not only renovate our neighborhood library branches but to build new and expand them as well. My dedicated team, including HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, PBRM Director Patrick Sullivan, the Capital Assets and Construction team of Peter Garvey and My-Ron Hatchett, and our dedicated Library team of Director Molly Fogarty and Board Chair Stephen Cary, are working closely with the MBLC to support our grant application to help fund this important project.”
“Neighborhood library branches are an integral part of our community. They support not only much-needed library programs and reading for residents and students, but also serve as a place for our community to gather and meet for various programs and initiatives. Our East Springfield Library branch has been providing successful and popular library services for our community since 1934. The East Springfield Library Branch plays an important role as a community center for educational and cultural programs, as well as a social gathering for our students and the community. It is a hub for free access to information and technology, social and civic engagement and personal enrichment and lifelong learning. We are hopeful that the MBLC will support our application so that we can enhance this neighborhood learning center so that it can serve our community for another 100 years,” added Mayor Sarno.