Governor Rell Announces $500,000 to Help Build New Suffield Public Library

January 19, 2006

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that $500,000 in state funds to help finance the construction of a new Suffield Public Library is expected to be approved later this month by the State Bond Commission. The library will be located at 50 North Main Street.

The new library will replace the Kent Memorial Library, which has been deemed too small for the town’s needs, does not meet current standards for patrons with disabilities and which has inadequate parking.

“Libraries are often the focal point of Connecticut towns, providing unique resources to students and parents, young and old,” Governor Rell said. “Our libraries nourish creativity and open our minds. They are quiet havens of learning and development and I am pleased that the state is able to lend a hand in opening this new chapter for the citizens of Suffield.”

The Kent Memorial Library, with just 14 parking spaces for staff as well as patrons, will be razed and the new library will be built on the same site. Kent Memorial was built to house 26,000 books, and yet now has 95,000.

“Kent Memorial is literally bursting at the seams and this new facility will serve the town for years to come,” said Senator John A. Kissel of Enfield, whose district includes Suffield. “A modern, well-equipped library is one of the most important services a community can offer its citizens. I want to thank Governor Rell for responding to this need and securing this funding. I know the people of Suffield – and especially the children – are grateful.”

The Suffield library project is one of several library improvement projects to be acted upon when the Bond Commission meets January 27.