Topics: Brooks Free Library

Costs Delay Brooks Library Preservation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Brooks Free Library will not be getting a facelift this summer after bids for the work came in above the appropriated amount. The town has $490,000 set aside for the project. In the first round of bids, the low bidder was $143,200 above the allocated funds. A second round, which elicited a single bid, also came in too high. “There was only one bidder and the total cost of the project to include th...

Brooks Library Painting Bids Nearly $150K Over Budget

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It has not been an easy process getting paint on the historic Brooks Free Library building. The town has been working for a couple of years on a plan to restore the face of the buildings that house the library, a bank building, built in 1855 and the Brooks building, built in 1880. The painting plan has drawn a lot of review and discussion on how to move forward and whether or not to restore the wh...

White Paint For Brooks Library

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Conceding that it lacks the authority to mandate a different color, the historic district and historical commission last week authorized the town's request to paint the exterior of the Brooks Free Library white. But some members worried that the ruling might whitewash a larger issue about how Community Preservation Act funds are used. A white paint job is favored by the board of selectmen and the b...

Town Officials Push For White At Brooks Library

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Selectmen made it clear Monday night the new coat of paint for Brooks Free Library should be white, and town counsel has questioned the historic district and historical commission's jurisdiction over dictating colors on the library in the Harwich Center Historic District. As part of the restoration project for the facade of the library, which is made up of the 1855 bank building, the 1880 Brooks buil...

HARWICH — The permitting process for restoration of the face of Brooks Free Library has the historic district and historical commission seeing red. Commission members are leaning toward requiring that the1855 bank building and 1880 Brooks building be restored with historically accurate colors, which include brown, gray, off-white and brick red. Efforts to restore what has been called the “jewel” of historic...

Size Of Brooks Library Generator, Not Need, At Issue

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials continue to wrestle with the cost and need for a full-service generator for Brooks Free Library. The library trustees voted a few weeks ago to submit an article for the annual town meeting in May for a “full-building size generator.” The article has a $110,000 placeholder price tag, but it was clear Monday night when the proposal was discussed with selectmen that with an estimate yet t...

Brooks Library Painting Remains A Contentious Issue

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The preservation of the face of Brooks Free Library has been a hot topic in town over the past couple of years. While selectmen have approved an architectural firm to oversee the work to be performed, the firm remains a bone of contention, as do comments made against a former historic district and historical commission member who takes exception to recommendations made by the firm. Mirande Dupuy-Dewi...

Brooks Library Slated To Open Thursday, Pending Repairs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Brooks Free Library emergency lighting transistor inverter, which has failed three times in the past year, was scheduled to be repaired on Wednesday and full services are expected to be restored on Thursday. That was the word from library director Ginny Hewitt earlier this week. Should the library open on Thursday, the failed inverter will have caused the municipal library to operate with vastly ...

Brooks Library To Reopen Thursday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After the emergency electrical inverter is replaced Wednesday, Brooks Free Library anticipates opening to the public on Thursday. The Library in the Lobby will remain open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Director Ginny Hewitt, but will be closed Wednesday so shelving, books and videos can be moved from the lobby back to the main library. The library will open again at 10 a.m. ...

Electrical Problems Again Close Brooks Free Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — For the second time in a month and the fourth time since the equipment was installed four years ago, a failed transistor inverter has closed public access to Brooks Free Library. Word of the latest failure came early last Friday morning. This is the second time in a month the town has gone without full access to its public library, and frustration levels are high. Selectmen on Monday night expressed ...

Selectmen Change Position On Library Preservation Oversight

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen has altered its decision to reduce the funding for the architectural services associated with the restoration and preservation of Brooks Free Library. The board had voted a couple of weeks ago to cut services, reducing funding for the work by more than $16,000. But the board received some negative feedback from the architectural firm being considered to oversee the project, McG...

Doors Are Open Again At Brooks Library

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Brooks Free Library is open again to the public after two weeks of the main library being closed due to a failed electrical component that darkened the building and shut down its emergency lighting system. The cause for the failure in the transistor inverter board is still not clear, but the town has had to shell out $10,582 for a new unit and for installation. This is the second time in less than a ...

Editorial: Keep The Light At Brooks Library

By: The Cape Cod Chronicle

It has been a difficult time for Brooks Free Library, the municipal library in Harwich Center, with technical problems that have nearly crippled the institution over the past couple of weeks. With failed lighting circuits, the library has had to shut off access to the building at a time of year when that library is the center of this community, serving more patrons that other libraries of similar size on the Cape...

HARWICH — Brooks Free Library is expected to continue to operate in a diminished capacity at least into next week. The library was closed to public access more than a week ago because of a failed transistor disrupting the flow of electricity to the lights and emergency lighting system. Officials say the library is anticipated to be closed Monday while repairs are made and will reopen with full service on Tuesd...

HARWICH — Because of a problem with the building's emergency lighting system, Brooks Free Library will be offering reduced services for the next few days, officials announced this morning. Most of the library building itself is closed to the public but limited services will be available in the lobby, where patrons can check out books and movies from a small collection; they can also pick up items on hold.  Chi...