Library director outlines need for federal funding

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 28, 2017

Mattapoisett — Proposed federal cuts to the Institute of Museum and Library Services would likely impact local libraries.

Mattapoisett Library Director Susan Pizzolato said $3.2 million is budgeted and distributed to states. Those funds have resulted in $43,200 in grants for the town’s library received through the state’s appropriation.

“We can do a lot of special things and buy equipment that we don’t have a budget for locally,” Pizzolato told selectmen on Tuesday.

One $15,000 grant allowed the library to expand its services to teens and ‘tweens. Another $10,000 received by tri-town libraries went toward the My Own Back Yard program that encouraged kids to explore the outdoors using science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Pizzolato said now is the time to speak up for the funding, and selectmen agreed.

“It’s good to bring that home and [know] how that cut could affect the Mattapoisett Library,” Selectman Tyler Macallister agreed.

Town Administer Mike Gagne said the board could send letters regarding the issue to state and national representatives.

In other library news:

The Town of Mattapoisett has received a $131,000 settlement for faulty roof tiles on the library.

Town Administrator Mike Gagne made the announcement at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting, saying it has been “quite the saga.”

The tiles, by Tamko Roof, were installed on the two new wings of the Mattapoisett Library built in 2005. They proved faulty, blowing off the roof in high winds, and the town replaced them in the fall.

Gagne said due to Library Director Susan Pizzolato, members of the Library Trustees and town counsel, the town received a full reimbursement for the replacement.

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