NEW VINEYARD — A worker from Thorndike & Sons of Strong was digging a trench Thursday for a new water line as part of an expansion of the New Vineyard Public Library on Lake Street.

The footings were poured for the addition Wednesday, Bruce Turcotte, chairman of the Library Expansion Committee, said.

The library is 580 square feet. The expansion will more than double the space. The library is located in a building owned by the New Vineyard Public Library Association. The Town Office and the New Vineyard Historical Society also have spaces in the building.

Association members formed the expansion committee in the fall of 2010.

A target completion date is March 1, Turcotte said.

The total project is estimated to cost $308,000, he said. Of that amount, the construction is estimated to cost $226,000.


The association has received a $180,000 Community Development Block grant and $50,000 in USDA Rural Development grants to help pay for the project. They also have received nearly $82,000 from individual donors and private foundations, Turcotte said.

The construction portion of the project was awarded to Aaron Newcomb Builders of Holden. The company was one of eight companies that submitted bid for the project in February.

An addition will be built off the back of the existing building where the library will move to and a community room will take the space where the historical society is currently located. The society will move down one space to where the Town Office is and the Town Office will move to the front end of the building, closest to Lake Street, where the existing library is located, Turcotte said.

A new septic system and well will be installed for the building and Americans with Disabilities Act issues will be addressed. Progress updates on the project can be seen on the library’s website,

“We are looking froward to opening up the new addition and allowing the town folks to use it the way they want to use it,” he said.

The library began as a small lending library at a school, moved to the back of a church, then to the basement of Smith Hall and then upstairs above the former My Wife’s Place, which is currently Our Village Market on Route 27.

Judith Johnson donated land in 1988 so the existing library could be built on Route 234, also known as Lake Street. It opened in 1991.

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