The plans for Union’s new Vose Library building were presented March 7 at Union’s Masonic Lodge on Sennebec Road. Library patrons, supporters and community members enjoyed a social hour with hot beverages, wine and snacks prior to the unveiling of the plans for the new building to be constructed this year.

The new location for the Vose Library, on the Common Road near the heart of historic Union, has been cleared and prepared with a driveway in place and is ready for action to begin.

Architects Sarah Holland and David Foley offered a slide presentation overview of the project, and answered many questions from the enthusiastic audience. Joel Wentworth, a local Union contractor, was introduced as the builder in charge of the project. The Vose Library Board of Directors has chosen to hire local Union area contractors whenever possible for all aspects of construction.

The sloping, southern exposure of the Common Road site will allow the new single-floor building to utilize passive solar heat and natural light, and the design will accommodate the addition of solar panels in the future.

The architects have planned for extensive use of non-toxic, environmentally sound materials for construction and furnishings. Energy efficiency and simple, elegant design are hallmarks of the new Vose Library. The 3,000-square-foot structure will accommodate a comprehensive range of library services including reading areas, computer stations, a children’s book room, and a lobby with exhibit space for cultural and educational displays.

The new building is urgently needed as the Vose Library is presently sharing the Robbins House on Union Common with the Union Historical Society, and the library has outgrown the limited space available. Vose Library’s collection encompasses more than 14,000 items including books, books on tape and CD, large print books, educational and entertainment videos and DVDs, and CD-Rom reference materials. In addition, the library offers public high-speed wireless and wired Internet access. Throughout the year, Vose Library offers programs for children and adults with presentations by authors, musicians, poets and naturalists.

The Vose Library Capital Campaign has raised more than $590,000 to date, with a fundraising goal of $750,000. Donations are very welcome. For more information call the library at 785-4733.