The executive director of the New Canaan Library has told us to look at Darien as the model library for New Canaan to emulate. So we did. If Darien’s experience after it built its library is anything to go by, the New Canaan Library’s planned renovation really is shaping up to be a classic boondoggle. Some data: After Darien built its new library in 2009 in a project very similar to what the New Canaan Library is contemplating now, after the first year rush, traffic there has fallen, even as operating costs to run the new, larger LEED, Gold (which should make it extra efficient) building soared from $2.9 million in 2007 to $4.99 million in 2019.
This was all pre-coronavirus, of course, and consistent with the trend across the state.
With all due respect to our friends in Darien, that can’t be counted as a success in any way.