John Jermain Library To Host Forum on Future


When the John Jermain Memorial Library Board of Trustees hired Newman Architects this past June, the firm was charged to work “with the library director, the board, the staff and the community to design a building program that will best serve the Sag Harbor community’s library needs.”

The wording was a departure from the board’s previously stated intention of looking towards a “one library, two building” plan with a second library building planned for a triangle shaped piece of property adjacent to Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. On Tuesday, John Jermain Memorial Library Board Director Catherine Creedon noted the board was looking towards approaching the expansion with the goal of determining the needs of the community and what is truly the best way to move forward with expansion.

And on Saturday, the board and Newman Architects will attempt to begin to decipher just that at the first community forum regarding the library’s future.

From 9 a.m. to noon the board and architects will host the forum, open to the community, in the Pierson High School cafeteria. According to Creedon, Newman Architects will open the meeting with a presentation about the current state of the library, including statistics on circulation and services before the group will divide into smaller groups to discuss what they see for the future of John Jermain.

“What we are hoping is that this is an opportunity to share ideas about what people would like to see in the library – what they like, what they would like to see and maybe what is missing,” said Creedon, in terms of the collection and services available at the John Jermain.

From these discussions, Newman Architects will begin the process of shaping a solution based on the community’s idea of what future library needs will be.

On Saturday, December 6, said Creedon, the architects will return for a second forum to discuss ideas about space and location.

photo by r. odell-shapiro

“I do think one of the nice things about this format is it gives us the opportunity to celebrate library services without a discussion of space or location,” said Creedon. “I think we may find as a community we are in consensus on a number of levels.”