A bold step for Readsboro
Jun 13, 2013 | 5127 views | 4 4 comments | 328 328 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Folks in Readsboro have a little soul-searching to do about how the town’s school and library can co-exist. Currently, the school and the library share not only the same building, but the same access.

As we reported a few weeks ago, an issue arose about access to the library during school hours. This wasn’t the first time it’s come up. The matter involves the library trustees, the school board, and the selectboard. Little wonder, because in Readsboro, the building houses the school, the community library, and the town offices. In some ways, all three entities have a stake in the outcome, not to mention the population in general.

Access to the building is a real dilemma. Given the security concerns surrounding schools, it seems a multi-use, multipurpose building like the Readsboro Central School is destined to become a thing of the past. There’s good reason for it. No one wants a Columbine or Newtown tragedy in their local school, so security has to be a primary concern in any school building.

Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to avoid it. Such may be the case with the current issue in Readsboro concerning access to the town’s public library during the school day. The best solution may be to move the library out of the school building altogether. In fact, there’s a perfect building right in the center of the town

A few years ago, the Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment Committee formed to help restore a historic building in the center of the village. The Bullock Buildling, as it is known, was once the center of life in the community. The committee has been steadily working on restoring the building and developing suitable uses for it. What could be better than moving the library into it?

Think about it. By moving the library out of the school building, the first goal of making the school more secure is accomplished. The second goal, preserving daytime access for the library patrons, is also preserved.

A third accomplishment is creating a consistent use for the Bullock Building, one that will bring regular foot traffic into the building. Of course, there would have to be work done to prepare the Bullock Building, and there will be time and money to find for that.

Now think about what a boon it could be for the village as a whole. One of the keys for any downtown village redevelopment is creating a sense of community and need. Putting the library in the village center of Readsboro, in a building that has historic significance, could set off more investment in the village center.

We realize there would be costs and effort involved. Currently, we doubt there is any spare change lying around to facilitate such a move. But we know that folks in Readsboro are resourceful and could find a way, either through grants or fundraising, to make such a move happen.

But the first step is the idea. Once that takes hold, the vision can become the reality. Everyone in Readsboro could benefit from such a move. All it takes is that first bold step.
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Raymond Eilers
June 15, 2013
Looks like the school board created this monster.I think its a good idea move the library out and into the b block if I remember right the school forced the library into it present location because the principal at the time wanted a more private setting for his office if they left the library where it was they had there own entrance.I guess the school board crystal ball was unplugged at that meeting
clarence doolittle
June 13, 2013
I did not know that Tom Veto was now the Editor of the DVN?

Great plug.

Unfortunately, for anyone familiar with the dynosaur type building, it would create a great risk for all the valuable books that presently make up the library. Imagine, each time it rains the librarian and his or her assistants all scurrying about frantically to cover all the assets with any tarps that were available just to keep the collection safe and dry.

The money to fix that building dried up a long time ago and doubt we will ever see it in our lifetime as anything but a haunted Halloween house.....one that never has to be decorated for the occasion.
thomas veto
June 14, 2013
Hey Clarence2 - when I write a comment I sign my name to it!! How about you???? Tom Veto
Nancy Suddreth
June 15, 2013
Dear Clarence II,

I just read the Deerfield Valley article on the library and your response to using the Bullock Bldg.

What a negative and narrow-minded view you have. I do hope that you do NOT live in our town? However, if you do, it would be very nice to see you at one of the upcoming events or volunteering at one of our many, many volunteer days spent working to improve the building.

Perhaps you will gain a different (and more accurate) idea of the positive potential of the Bullock Building.

In closing, thank you to all who support the efforts and hard work of the R.H.R.Inc.


Joan B. O'Donnell

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