A good place to begin is by asking what is motivating the "bigger is better" philosophy in downtown Amherst. Ask your friends and neighbors what kind of public library they want and what they think Amherst residents can afford given the 4-6 capital projects on the town's priority list. Find out if others think it's important for the town of Amherst to retain some historic character and if they consider the Jones Library a unique landmark worth keeping.
Then consider if the Demolition-Expansion of the Jones Library goes forward, the town's most unique landmark is in jeopardy. The cookie-cutter design of the Demolition-Expansion means that upon entering the Jones Library it would look like they were in any other public library in the country.
In the end, a Demolition-Expansion would be largely financed by taxpayer dollars and would reflect how voters want development to go forward in Amherst. If it's important to you that Amherst "walk the talk" on sustainability, get involved and exercise your voice in the decision on what happens to the Jones Library.
Between FY15 and FY17, Financial Development Agency (FDA), headed by Matt Blumenfeld, had a contract with Jones Library and was paid $51,592 to promote and market the Jones Library building project. Resident voices need to be loud to be heard above this marketing campaign to "sell" the Demolition-Expansion to the public.
What You Can Do
Voice your support and help persuade others that renovation instead of demolition of Jones Library is the better way forward.
Share this website with FRIENDS, neighbors, fellow Jones Library patrons concerned about the Library's fate.
Share your views with JONES LIBRARY TRUSTEES. Email:
Share your views with TOWN MANAGER, Paul Bockelman:
Share your views with TOWN COUNCILORS. Click here to contact Amherst Town Council members.
Submit a LETTER to the EDITOR: http://www.gazettenet.com/Opinion/Submit-a-Letter