Letter: 10 Reasons to ‘Save Our 1913 Library’



“The goal of preservation is to protect our historic built environment as a living, functional part of our lives; there is no better way to understand history than to be able to encounter it physically.”—Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council, New York City

New Canaan Library has been the town’s intellectual center since 1877, when it began as an Elm Street storefront reading room founded by volunteers with donated books and the funds they raised. In 1895 the library became a public-private partnership with the town, based on the first annual town grant of $100. Recognizing the benefits of an excellent library, residents Albert Comstock and Jesse St. John made estate gifts to the library. These legacy gifts allowed the library, in 1913, to build its present building on the corner of Cherry and Main. In the tradition of Comstock and St. John, New Canaan residents continued to generously support the library and its capital drives for expansions in 1937, 1952 and 1979.

‘Open Letter to the Community’ from New Canaan Library Board

The New Canaan Library has always been a force for good. Its 143-year compact with the town centers on its role as a place where the community intersects around learning, literacy and the celebration of ideas. Generations of talented librarians have helped New Canaan children learn to read, students to prepare, and adults to satisfy their curiosity and learn new skills. From the beginning New Canaan Library has been well supported by the families of New Canaan. The virtuous cycle of mutual support is an affirmation of the central role the library plays in our community.

Op-Ed: Irwin Park Welcomes Back Three Goats

Our weed-eating goats have returned to Irwin Park. We welcome back Miss Bo Peep, Stewie and Ralph. They will be hard at work eating the very invasive Japanese knotweed that unfortunately has made Irwin Park its home. It is a job the goats love. The goats all have interesting personal stories.