Boyden Library Breaks Ground

On the morning of Saturday, January 28th the Boyden Library in Foxborough broke ground. Principal R. Drayton Fair, project team members, as well as library trustees, building committee members, and guests were there to celebrate the groundbreaking of theĀ $12 million project. The renovation and addition project will increase the existing 1960s library from about 21,000 to 35,000 sf and will include a new children's area, new books and media area, several new computer stations, and an improved meeting room providing space for Foxborough's community groups and organizations.

See renderings and read more about the Boyden Library.

Christine Igo Freeman of the Sun Chronicle also reported on the groundbreaking ceremony.

The Boyden Library is officially under construction after Saturday morning's groundbreaking.

"This is your library. This is for you," said library trustee Chairman Jeff Lovely of the new facility, which is scheduled to reopen in the spring or early summer of 2013.

People gathered in the newly fenced-in library parking lot to be part of a new chapter in the town's history. The ceremony took place under sunny skies, and shovels actually dug into the ground on the cold January morning.

"This project symbolizes the strength of the Foxboro community," said George Comeau, state Board of Library Commissioners construction liaison, who was thanked by Lovely for the agency's $3.4 million grant to the $12 million expansion and renovation project. Representatives from LLB Architects, STV Project Managers and TLT Contractors also attended.

Lovely thanked the people who have spent many years and "hundreds, thousands and maybe millions of hours" on the library renovation project. Those included library Director Jerry Cirillo, director of children's services Margi Rossetti and the Friends of Boyden Library. Lovely also thanked past and present board members and trustees' families for their support. He paid special tribute to veteran member Janet Pineault, who he called "the unsinkable Janet Pineault" because of her vision and longtime devotion to making this project a reality.

Boyden Library Director Jerry Cirillo began his remarks by describing the project as a "long journey" and thanked the entire Boyden staff, Library Building Committee colleagues Pineault and Rossetti and administrative assistant Deb Volpini. He ended his remarks by expressing, "The new library will serve the citizens of the town well on opening day next year and will serve them well into the future."

State Rep. Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield, spoke at Saturday's ceremony, calling the project "a great example of a partnership between the community and the state."

The temporary home for the Boyden Library, which houses 30 percent of the entire collection, is at Chestnut Green on Payson Road.

Construction of the present-day library, designed by Kilham Hopkins Greeley and Brodie, began in 1967 and opened to the public Nov. 2, 1968.