Kittery eyes library ‘solution’ to be presented at Aug. 20 meeting
August 14, 2014 2:00 AM

kitter03-180x121KITTERY, Maine — The Rice Public Library board of trustees will be meeting next week with the Kittery Community Center board to discuss a “possible solution” for a new library.

Library Director Lee Perkins said she could not be more specific than that, noting that plans would be further explained at the Aug. 20 meeting of the KCC board.

“What we will present to them is very, very preliminary. We don’t have any plans per se, but we do want to talk with them about a possible solution that could be a fantastic opportunity,” she said.

The library board has been searching for land on which to build a new library since the KCC board made clear earlier this year that its future plans do not include a standalone library on the center’s grounds.

The library board had initially proposed tearing down the center’s annex to build a separate library, but the KCC board said it wants the annex space for potential future programming needs.

KCC board chairman Steve Workman has made clear that the board is “willing to look at other options.”

The library is currently housed in two buildings, and one is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It has outgrown its existing space, the board has said, and needs a new building.

Perkins said that while she could not discuss the possible solution the library will present next week, she said the end result “could hopefully result in our being part of the KCC campus.”

The KCC board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the center on Rogers Road.