Library construction update
Progress continues to be made on all fronts simultaneously; every day a number of different crews are on site working hard. The big dig on the north side of the building is trenching to hook up to the sewer, with a second trench to handle all the storm water from the town offices to the north perimeter. The portico on the town hall is getting all new bricks and the Douglas fir detailing on the new building is being installed. The slate and clapboard siding is all finished, with windows being the next big detail to go in soon.
Inside, town hall has been repainted upstairs and down, the flooring downstairs has been installed and the original wooden flooring upstairs is soon to be lightly sanded and polished. The interior of the new building is finally coming together as a building rather than a jumble of steel, wires and ductwork, and we are looking forward to window installation soon.
The fundraising committee is happy to report that more than $1,000,000 has been raised through many generous donations. The committee is now finishing up its asks, with one last round of letters to local businesses who might want to give and haven’t yet. Shortly, letters will go out to all donors making sure that names are correct for the permanent recognition signs to be installed in the new building. To add a family name, or give in honor of a loved one, it’s not too late. Donations can be dropped off at the library, or visit http://www.piersonlibrary.org and click on the donation button on the left of the page to give online. Many thanks to all current and future donors.
• Read to a Dog with the B.A.R.K. Program on Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pam Loeb, an active member of the American Kennel Club and International Association of Canine Professionals, will bring therapy dogs Burly and Rufus to the library to begin a new program, B.A.R.K. (Be A Reading Kid). Children from age 4 to 12 may sign up for a half-hour slot to read to one of the dogs. Parents or guardians can register kids for reading incentives for time logged reading by visiting https://reading.akc.org/. Call the library at 985-5124 to sign up for a slot (space is limited). This program will run most Wednesdays thereafter over the summer, so don’t worry if you can’t get a slot the first week – there will be more opportunities.
• Graham Fisk, financial planner with Edward Jones, will present “Retirement by Design” on Wednesday, June 19, at noon at the town offices, 2nd floor. This free, 40-minute presentation illustrates how to translate a vision for retirement into tangible goals. Whether 10 or 40 years from retirement, learn investment strategies to help design the desired retirement. Graham will also discuss how to add flexibility to a retirement strategy to help handle unexpected events and keep the strategy on track. No registration required, feel free to bring a bagged lunch.