Ms. Fogarty stated that it was a very busy month at the Library. Noteworthy programs and events included:
The Central Library Community Room hosted the announcement and press conference of Comcast's Internet Essentials Program, and among those speaking were Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Senator Gale Candaras and Mary E. McLaughlin, regional senior vice president for Comcast in Western New England.
The Library will apply for an IMLS McArthur Foundation Planning Grant. This federal grant would provide $97,000 towards planning a new Teen Space at the Central Library.
Ms. Fogarty went before the City Council to accept grants for the Early Childhood Resource Center ($7,000), Family Child Care Language and Literacy Program ($10,000), and Read/Write/Now ($181,000).
The Library will be submitting a proposal to Mass Mutual to request funding to contract with Judy Matt and the Spirit of Springfield to plan major events to celebrate the 100 th Anniversary of the current Central Library building.
Plans are underway to secure funds for renovation of the Children's Area of the Forest Park Branch Library.
The Forest Park, Pine Point and Mason Square Branches are polling locations and will be open for that purpose on September 20.
The new interior signage is now completed at the Mason Square Branch. The Media Box is expected to be delivered on September 21 and should be operational by the end of October.
Safety and structural problems with the ramp at the Central Library (George Walter Smith Museum area) have forced its temporary closure.
The ARIS report has been submitted, necessary for the Library to receive State Aid funds.
10. The Library's Read/Write/Now program has applied for a United Way Grant, to fund a Volunteer Coordinator for R/W/N.