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Library Looks Towards Temporary Home in the New Year

Posted on 24 November 2010

According to John Jermain Memorial Library Director Catherine Creedon, 
the library will likely transition to a temporary home on West Water 
Street, across from the village post office, in late January or early 
February following repairs and renovations to the space sometime in 

During the regular meeting of the John Jermain Memorial Library Board 
of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, November 17, Creedon announced the 
tentative schedule as the library moves closer to village approval for 
a more than 7,000 square-foot, modern addition to its historic, Main 
Street, Sag Harbor facility. 

According to Creedon, the library is in final talks to formalize a 
lease for the space, which is located in the Graphic Arts building on 
West Water Street, home to 7-Eleven and a number of other Sag Harbor 

In-house, Creedon said library staff are in the process of reviewing 
JJML’s collection for content and condition, with plans to store a 
number of volumes during the construction of the expanded library, as 
well as replace classics found to be in poor condition. 

About 50 percent of the collection will be in storage, said Creedon, 
but most of the books in storage will be available to library patrons 
at the Suffolk Cooperative System through inter-library loan. 
Neighboring libraries, including the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton 
and Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton will also be offering JJML 
patrons full use of their facilities during the construction project. 

The library will close for roughly two weeks during the transition to 
its West Water Street home, added Creedon, although a concrete 
timeline has yet to be finalized. 

“We are also looking beyond our space, which will be much smaller once 
we have moved, to our virtual presence, or our library without walls,” 
said Creedon, noting the library plans to increase blogging as well as 
its breadth of tech-related courses and tutorials. Expanding outreach 
services to homebound JJML patrons is also a priority in the New Year, 
she said. 

During the board meeting, trustee Carol Williams expressed concerns 
about the condition of the library’s skylight, particularly should Sag 
Harbor be hit by heavy snowfall. 

Creedon said she was meeting with architects, engineers and 
preservationists in New York City this week to discuss, among other 
things, the condition of the skylight and when to begin tackling the 
restoration of the historic library building. 

In other library board news, at the board’s next meeting, on December 
15, it is expected that current board president Chris Leonard, vice- 
president Carl Peterson and treasurer Craig Rhodes will be sworn into 
their current executive positions for 2011. New board member Jackie 
Brody will replace outgoing trustee Nancy Hallock as the board’s 

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