Shute will celebrate 2015 by Re-opening after more than a year of renovations. Though it took longer than expected, it will be worth the wait. Since major upgrades only happen rarely, this one will set the stage for several generations to come. 2015 will also be remembered for record snowfall – beginning in late this month, but primarily in February. Aside from snowing out our opening ceremony, the storms have delayed the final work on the building and deliveries. So, stay tuned for an opening announcement. Check out our January photos for a preview.
Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Shute scheduled for Saturday, February 7 has been postponed due to the extraordinary weather conditions on the ground and expected this weekend. Stay tuned for announcements about the re-opening.
Wow, December has come and gone and while everyone was celebrating the holidays…the Shute work kept on. The contractor nearly finished up on the details of the building, furniture began to arrive, the books were moved back, and we prepared to connect our computers. It was an exciting day when the Jersey barriers disappeared and Gledhill was cleared for traffic once again. We are very appreciative of the patience of our neighbors for putting up with that inconvenience for so long. Thank you all….We hope you will think it was all worth it. So, here follows December….
Progress is really ramping up – many of the walls got a coat of texture and painting began. The big north window is framed out and waiting for panes. The surround for the bike rack and the book drop are going up. Finally, we found a dedication stone – It was hidden behind a railing and came to light when the brick walls were cleaned.
The Renovation made steady progress throughout July in infrastructure and underpinning. It will soon look like a building again. You will notice as you drive by that there are are fewer pieces of heavy equipment around. Our “progress,” which we have been talking about for months, should soon be more visible from the street and on the blog. A little more patience should be well rewarded.
The new addition to the Shute Library is rising from the foundation. From interior stairway to the new north wall, some big moves have been made in the past week. Take a look.
Construction made great progress this past month. Concrete floor slabs were removed and recycled and so that a drainage system could be installed. The north wall – which will be partially removed to provide entry between the addition and the library, was prepared for it’s new role with a large beam. Out front, concrete retaining wall planters were poured in place. What will April bring? Stay tuned.
The new addition is beginning to take shape with the formation of foundation walls and work on the north wall which that will become the opening between the new addition and the existing library.
Drains were installed to make sure that water does not get into the new building. This is a bit of a challenge for a building on a hill.
The existing front stairs were demolished and support was installed for their replacement.
The lower level slab was prepared for the installation of drainage, walls were demolished on the lower level and support beams were put in place on the upper level.
We are looking forward to turning from drains, demo and foundations to the rise of the new addition and the beginning of what the new Shute will be.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr., and Deborah Abraham, Everett Public Library Director are pleased to announce the Everett Cooperative Bank pledged $25,000 to the Capital Campaign for the renovation of the Shute Memorial Library. The Shute Library has seen a great increase in use ever since the new High School opened only two blocks away. Over 100 years old, it needs renovation to make it handicapped accessible, to repair the aging infrastructure and to utilize 21st Century technology. Liz Jones, President of the Everett Cooperative expressed her appreciation of the proposed design and the bank’s pleasure to contribute to such an exciting project.
“Not many cities can say that they have two vibrant and active libraries,” states Mayor DeMaria, “this renovation project is important to the neighborhood, the users of the library and the community. On behalf of the entire City Government, we appreciate generosity of Mrs. Jones and the Everett Co-Operative Bank. This initial investment will hopefully encourage others to help restore and upgrade one of our city’s finest resources.”
The City has received a provisional grant of $2.23 million from the State towards the renovation which is projected at a cost of $4 million. The Building Commission also expects the Shute Library design by Johnson Roberts Associates to earn a green building incentive of $100,000. The difference of $1.66 million is the local match.
The Shute Library Capital Campaign Committee is working to raise private funds and applying to foundations to make the project feasible. The Committee, headed by Chairwoman, Stacy DeMaria, is pleased to report additional prior donations of $13,500 from the Phineas and Mary Tobe Fund, family of Margaret Mitton, Schnitzer Steel and the Friends of the Everett Libraries.
The campaign’s new website found at http://www.shutelibrarycapitalcampaign.org will keep you informed of the progress of the project and fundraising efforts. It also offers an opportunity to donate with a credit card. If you are interested in a memorial gift or naming opportunity, please contact Library Director Deborah Abraham at 617-394-2303.
Other ways to support this project is to participate in events sponsored by the Friends of the Everett Libraries, including the Book Sale and the Wine Tasting. Mrs. Abraham commented “if many people donate as they are able, we will make our goal.”
Look here for all things related to the Shute Renovation – and slight addition – Project. Keep up with our progress in the field & fundraising for furnishings and technology.