October Update

Oct 31, 2023 | Renovation Updates

Kimberly GradBy Kimberly Grad, Abbot Public Library Director

October has been a busy and productive month at Abbot Public Library.  Here are a few of the things we’ve been working on:



The League of Women Voters partnered with us to offer an Introduction to Intellectual Freedom on October 4 featuring guest speakers Marblehead High School English Teacher Jennifer Billings and Susan Caulfield, the Co-Chair of the Mass. Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee, and has served on the Committee since 2017. If you missed the program, check out the video version here.

Less than two weeks later, on October 15, Assistant Director Morgan Yeo and I told the story of “Renovations in Progress: Historic New England Town Saves its Library” at the New England Library Association Conference in Springfield.




Marblehead High School Volunteers at Abbot Public LibraryOn Wednesday, October 18, we hosted a group of students from Marblehead High School who volunteered to do some gardening with the guidance of Lisa Bigio and Heather Malin of the Driftwood Garden Club.  Two students also helped install some solar pathway lights with our custodian Dick Leahy.




Abbot Public Library now offers a new program registration and room reservation software. Register for programs here and reserve a meeting room here.





Meanwhile, the renovations are coming along nicely at 235 Pleasant Street. The HVAC equipment was delivered to the roof and rough mechanical work continues. The duct work is nearly complete, the courtyard garden is undergoing a transformation and the drywall is going up on newly created walls. Wayfinding signage and paint colors have been chosen and we will be ordering furniture soon. Most importantly, we are on schedule for a Spring 2024 completion.