The bids were opened Tuesday. They were excellent bids, not much difference from top to bottom. I’m delighted that the bids met our budget expectations. I know a great deal of time and effort was invested by many people to prepare the bids. Reviewing the plans and bid documents, analyzing the addenda, scrutinizing the project manual, it’s all a great deal of work within a limited time frame. I’m grateful to everyone who made the effort to bid our project. Unfortunately, we can only hire one contractor. But in the hiring of one contractor we will be building a library…and that will benefit thousands of people for many years.
The renovated and expanded library will be gorgeous and practical, a unique combination of past and future. Many people have contributed to the planning process and for that I’m grateful. I believe the best results are a product of many people’s ideas. That so many would volunteer to help is testimony to the how important…and needed…this library is to our community.
I can’t remember a time when this library wasn’t important to me.
When I was a 13 year old girl and struggling to find a place in the world and reconcile my own sense of self, I needed the Dwight Foster Public Library. When I was was considering dropping out of college, I needed the Dwight Foster Public Library. When I was expecting my children, when I thought I had cancer, when I built a porch, when I went through divorce, when I bought my oven…I needed the Dwight Foster Public Library.
Every day I see how much the library is used and appreciated by folks just like me…whether a person is struggling or joyous…or somewhere in between. That’s all the inspiration I need. It engenders a great sense of responsibility in me as we stand at the beginning of the chapter that will allow us to grow and improve and ensure that the Dwight Foster Public Library is able to be that very special place it has always been for all who come after.
Twenty years from now, I’m sure there will be a 13 year old girl trying to figure out her place in the world who will seek answers in our library. Shoot, we don’t have to wait that long; tomorrow we’ll have one walk through the door.