"This is very exciting," Chernkyh said. "We dream big. This community really deserves a wonderful library."
The ongoing discussion on renovating the downtown Harrison Library hit a milestone Oct. 2 when residents met at the 50-year-old facility to see what architectural firm H3 Hardy had in mind.
Harrison Public Library Foundation President Stephen Hicks said the group's goal was to work on renovation plans through 2012 and possibly put shovels in the ground in 2013. The group will host several events throughout the year to raise money and support, including a Halloween night fundraiser.
Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy pitched what his firm said could make the library a more dynamic facility, adding that expansion was not part of the plan.
"This building doesn't need to be bigger it needs to be better," Hardy said.
Primary goals outlined by the firm included adding more comfortable furniture, adapting to modern technology, creating a sound-isolated children's services center, focusing on culturally rich programming, and improving the nature of the landscape.
Lola Geiger , former Friends of the Harrison Public Library president, said the firm should consider expanding by purchasing more land on the outskirts of the building, which is currently unused. Hardy rebutted the suggestion by sticking with his assertion that expansion would not be part of the plan.
Hardy said that his firm has yet to make official designs for the potential library and renovations are in early stages.
Though there were drafts on display, Diane Sammons, president of the library board of trustees, said residents should remain optimistic and imaginative so they could influence the future of the library.
"Look at these boards and use your imagination," Sammons told the crowd of close to 50 Harrison residents, including Mayor Joan Walsh and other current town government members and nominees. "We want people on board because it's time for something different."
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