Please join our letter-writing campaign in support of the construction
of a new Lake Hiawatha Library!
The library received a once-in-a-generation grant of $3 million from the New Jersey State Library. In order to receive this grant, the Town of Parsippany approved $3 million in matching funds for an original total project cost of $6M, to be used to construct a brand-new Lake Hiawatha Library. However, due to historic cost escalation since the award of funding, the project now requires an additional $1.5 – $2 million to complete construction.
We need your help to convince members of Town Council that they should approve the use of additional funding so we don’t lose the $3M NJ State Library Grant and the opportunity to build a new library for our community. Please contact all of your representatives and let them know how important the Lake Hiawatha Library is to our community. Call, write or email your Council members today!
Please use this letter, or write your own.
The State of New Jersey public library construction grant program awarded the Parsippany-Troy Hills community a $3 million grant to offset a local government commitment of $3M for a new Lake Hiawatha Branch Library.
- The existing 9,000 square foot Lake Hiawatha Branch Library building was converted for use as a library in 1968 when the population of Parsippany-Troy Hills was just over 25,000. Today the number residents of Parsippany-Troy Hills has more than doubled to 56,162.
- There are 10,194 residents in Lake Hiawatha and over 7,500 have library cards.
- Many households in Lake Hiawatha do not have high speed internet access.
- The existing library building is over 50 years old and has not had any significant improvements since 1994.
- The existing building of 9,000 square feet is much too small for our growing community.
- The existing building lacks adequate meeting and study spaces for our community.
- The existing building is in desperate need of repairs, including
- a new roof
- new accessible entrance ramp
- ADA compliant restrooms
- updated fire alarms
- new air conditioning throughout the building
- numerous plumbing and electrical improvements
- upgrades to the internet infrastructure and other technology
- painting inside and out
- new carpeting
- new furniture
- The repairs and upgrades to the existing building will exceed $2 million and we will still have an outdated building that is too small, lacking in meeting and study spaces, and not designed to be a modern 21st century library.
AFTER 50 YEARS OF GROWTH AND CHANGE, OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES A 21ST CENTURY LIBRARY THAT MEETS THE CHANGING NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY OF USERS
People who use libraries now:
- Rely on digital and print resources they don’t have at home
- Expect a variety of print and online materials.
- Require high speed internet for multiple digital devices that can be powered-up anywhere.
- Depend on library resources to help them find a job or launch a new business.
- Trust the library to provide extraordinary free programs that enrich, educate and expand their understanding of each other, our community and the world.
- Need spaces to meet with tutors, book groups, colleagues and clients.
- Desire access to powerful digital reference tools and professional librarians to help navigate their research.
- Crave community connection and relay on the library to provide opportunities for meaningful civic engagement.
- Rely on library services to support early childhood literacy.
- Come to the library to learn English as a second language and connect with their community.
- Believe the library can enrich their lives and help them realize their dreams.
A new library will provide:
- Architecturally designed spaces that support the way people connect, work and study today.
- More meeting and public assembly spaces for enhanced programming for youth and adult patrons.
- Study rooms for tutoring, study and collaboration.
- Children’s level with a dedicated space for technology learning, a programming room, and early childhood literacy events.
- A new tech lounge for youth and a dedicated teen center.
- More lounge seating and work space on every level.
- More computer stations and power everywhere to keep laptops, phones and other devices charged.
- A more robust wireless network to handle ever-increasing digital loads
- A sustainable, LEED Silver certified, library building that uses less energy,
- And so much more…
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WON’T COME AGAIN SOON…
The last time the state offered money for library construction projects was 20 years ago, and it will likely be another 20-years before an opportunity like this comes along again.
Due to historic cost escalation from the time the library and town applied for the construction grant, we discovered that we now need an additional $1.5 – $2 million to complete the project.
Please let our mayor and town council members know you support building the new library our community deserves.
Mayor James Barberio
Physical Address for Mayor and Council:
Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Hall
1001 Parsippany Boulevard
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054
Council President Michael dePierro
Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani
Council Member Paul Carifi Jr.
Council Member Frank Neglia
Council Member Justin Musella