All we can say is WOW and THANK YOU SAG HARBOR! We are thrilled by the community’s overwhelmingly positive (642-137) response to the renovation and expansion plan.
If we were surprised by the numbers (and some of us were), we shouldn’t have been. After all, this is a plan developed jointly with the Sag Harbor community. Consistently, you have been there for the library over the last several years, attending meetings, calling with your suggestions and ideas, asking thoughtful questions, and expressing your support for the library. We believe this is your plan as much as it is ours. Your fingerprints are all over it, and we hope they will continue to be as we continue to refine and improve the plan through the rest of the desgin process.
As happy as we are with the result of the referendum, yesterday was a very special day here for another reason. Everyone who worked at the library throughout the day was deeply moved not only by the number of people who turned out to vote, but also by their spirit. What a great community Sag Harbor is, and how happy we are to be a part of it. So many of you came to vote, and then stopped to chat with staff members, and other friends from the community who were here as well. The neighborly atmosphere was infectious, cheering us throughout the day. Gradually, too, we were instilled with a sense that on one level the outcome of the vote didn’t matter at all, because the mission of the library — to serve our community — was being validated over and over throughout the day, as many who came to vote, also stayed to take out books, DVDs and more. Not a few people also used the opportunity to sign up for or renew library cards. It was quite a day.
Well, we’re celebrating today, but much hard work remains. In the months ahead, we’ll be applying ourselves to the task of making sure the “new” John Jermain Memorial Library continues to provide the best possible service to our community. As always, your input and participation in the process is not only happily accepted, but also actively encouraged.