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,
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