Plans to expand Mathews Memorial Library are on track, and a new goal has been added to the project.
Maree Morgan, president of Friends of the Mathews Memorial Library, announced to the library’s board of trustees Tuesday afternoon that the organization plans to create a rear courtyard that will tie together the existing library, the addition in the former Radio Shack building, and the Mathews Visitor and Information Center.
The plan calls for a trellised entry on the northeastern side of the building to match the one that covers the walkway to the entry into the youth wing. HVAC systems would be moved away from the building and placed behind a masonry wall to buffer the noise, said Morgan, and pavers would carry foot traffic from two rear library entrances to the historic Thomas James Store and the rear entrance of the visitor center.
Trees and benches would provide a shady spot to sit for a spell and reflect, and the space could be used for outdoor programs and receptions.
The courtyard is expected to cost nearly $90,000, and Morgan asked the trustees to approve offering it as a naming opportunity for a donor who is willing to contribute $100,000.
Morgan said in an interview last week that fundraising for the library addition is going very well, with a total of $850,000 raised so far toward the expected $1.3 million cost. The fund for the expansion so far includes lead gifts, grants, and a $200,000 commitment from the board of supervisors, she said.