The Paul Pratt Memorial Library seeks to build an outdoor programming space that would include an amphitheater and a large patio with a pergola. In addition, the proposal calls for hardscaping and landscaping upgrades to the Sohier Street side of the building.
- has been part of the library's long-term strategic plan for over 20 years and has been successfully tested over the past two.
- is suitable for programming for all ages and all size groups.
- will be available for all Town departments, including Library, Recreation, Safe Harbor, and Elder Affairs.
- provides a wonderful space for the entire community to work, read, or relax.
The residents of Cohasset utilize and appreciate their library. We have one of the Commonwealth's highest per-capita circulation rates, and our program attendance topped 14,000 in FY22. However, the 60-person capacity of our largest meeting room limits the number of people who may attend our most popular programs and has pushed us to look for innovative ways to create more programming space, including using areas in other departments. During COVID, the library began offering programs outdoors under a tent during nice weather. The community responded enthusiastically and prompted us to pursue a more permanent solution.
The total budget for this project is likely to be about $400,000. This includes property preparation, hardscaping, landscaping, and furniture. Funding is sought from both public and private sources. A Special Town Meeting vote on 12/12 supported an investment of $125,000 from CPC funds. In addition, the South Shore Music Circus provided a $25,000 grant, and the library carefully saved state grants to help fund the project. The Cohasset Library Trust will raise the remainder. For more information visit the Pavilion at the Cohasset Library page.