Kittery’s Rice Library to explore becoming a town department

KITTERY, Maine — Rice Public Library took another step toward becoming a full-fledged town department on Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, the library’s board of directors decided to endorse the merger and join a negotiation committee with the town.

If and when the library board, which next meets Jan. 16, decides to make the transition, it will be subject to approval by the Town Council.

Some of the issues facing the library include the high cost of heating and cooling, lack of current library technology and a library split into two different buildings not on the same property, among others.

“I’m excited that we’re moving forward,” said board president Rachel J. Dennis. “We certainly have a long road to go, but it starts with a couple of steps, and so we’re on our way.”

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