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‘We Are Incredibly Thankful’: New Canaan Library Obtains Signed Contract on Key Property for Rebuilding Project

New Canaan Library officials said Tuesday that, thanks largely to demonstrated support from the town, the organization has a signed contract to purchase a key property on its block—an acquisition that allows the library to pursue a widely anticipated rebuilding project. Acquiring the .19-acre parcel at 48 South Ave., currently the site of a multifamily dwelling, is hugely important because setback regulations would have forced the library to put parking aboveground without it—spoiling a vista for motorists approaching downtown New Canaan by its major north-south artery and forcing the organization to shoehorn its new $25 million facility into a far smaller footprint. Making good on a promise to support the project, officials last week handed the library a $475,000 check to complete the $1,475,000 acquisition. “We are incredibly thankful to the town of New Canaan for this huge vote of confidence and this signal that the community is behind the library in building this new building,” New Canaan Library Executive Director Lisa Oldham said. The formal acquisition will allow the library to draw up renderings of the planned new facility and start fundraising in earnest—an effort that’s been on hold for more than one year, as negotiations with the owner of the coveted property got underway. Continue Reading →

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Town Funding Bodies To Vote Next Month on Support for New Canaan Library Rebuilding Plan

The town’s two major funding bodies will vote next month on a proposal to help kickstart a capital campaign for a widely anticipated rebuild of New Canaan Library, officials say. Conceived by town officials and introduced at public meetings in June, the allocation would help the library acquire a key .19-acre property on its block. Though formal agendas have not yet been finalized, the Board of Finance is expected to vote on the measure at its Sept. 13 meeting, with the Town Council to follow on Sept. 21, First Selectman Rob Mallozzi said. Continue Reading →

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Six Summer Reading Picks from New Canaan Library

Although summer is near its halfway point, there’s always time to pick up a book to keep us busy. New Canaan’s own public library has put together a fantastic list of page turners for you to stick your nose in whether your tanning on the beach or snuggling up on your couch. We asked Manager of Adult Services Christle Chumney to recommend some popular summer reads. Here are her top-six great reads of the season, with a little information on each one. 1. Continue Reading →

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‘A Very Good Investment for Our Community’: Town Could Help Library Acquire Key Final Property for Rebuilding Plan

The town stands to benefit aesthetically, culturally and otherwise if New Canaan Library in planning its rebuilt facility has a properly sized and configured parcel with which to work, officials said Tuesday. Because of setback regulations, a major gateway into the New Canaan at South Avenue and Maple Street realistically could only serve as a parking lot unless the library is able to acquire a key .19-acre property on its block, the town’s highest elected official said during a meeting of the Board of Finance. So if it’s feasible and residents and town officials support the idea, New Canaan ought to consider helping the library purchase that property, according to First Selectman Rob Mallozzi, who serves as chairman of the finance board. “There is an opportunity for this town to demonstrate to our library what we think and be a partner in their vision that I think is fundamental for the success of this community,” Mallozzi said during the finance board’s regular meeting, held at Town Hall. Doing so would bolster “the look and feel of the community as you approach our downtown village, and, I think, truly jumpstart a capital campaign to the library that would lead to a phenomenal facility over the next few years.”

He added: “I think it would be a very good investment for our community.”

That investment, if it’s made, remains some months away, according to finance board member Neil Budnick. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Library Presents First ‘Artist in Residence,’ Architect and Professor Joseph Schott

Joseph Schott, a professor of architecture at Clemson University, said he finds inspiration exploring New Canaan and the surrounding area. With its diverse architecture, the town has become a landmark in the field, according to Schott. “The joy of being an architect is that you can surround yourself with great work but also find it in exotic places,” Schott said. “It turns out New Canaan is one of those exotic places.”

He added: “With the Philip Johnson work, with ‘The River’ at Grace Farms, just all of the great modern work available, we’re going to see more and more people coming from around the world just to see these buildings.”

Schott is the first to exhibit as part of the New Canaan Library’s ‘Artist In Residence’ program with his show titled “Studies in Architecture.” The exhibition itself features Clemson students’ renderings of a future New Canaan Library—a widely anticipated project in town. In addition, Schott is also giving free workshops at the library. Continue Reading →

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