Greenwich Library to Announce Renovation Plans for Cos Cob Branch; New Branch Manager Named

Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about a new plan for the much-anticipated Cos Cob Branch Library renovation. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm in the Cos Cob Branch Library Community Room and via Zoom.

Registration is required on the Library’s calendar.

The meeting will include a presentation by Michael Tribe, the project architect; Joe Williams, Library Director; and Hank Ashforth, co-chair of the Library’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The revised plan will add an additional 1,120 square feet to the Cos Cob Library, mainly devoted to a new 857-square foot community room.

The layout of the existing interior space will change, shifting the children’s section to the Rotunda area on the eastern side of the building and moving the adult section to the western part of the building. This will provide nearly 600 square feet of additional space for children and young adults.

In addition, a new branch manager was recently appointed to lead the Cos Cob Branch Library. Carla Sherman joined Greenwich Library as a part-time librarian in 2017, and in 2019, she was promoted to full-time as the Assistant Training Librarian, where she created programs for the public in new and creative ways, from virtual programming to exploring technologies in space, photography, ChatGPT, and everyday applications. Carla also has experience working in children’s services.

Prior to Greenwich Library, she worked in the entertainment industry in TV and movie post-production and managed the digitization of legacy film and video assets for digital repositories.

“We have heard from the community and are excited to get started on this long-overdue expansion and renovation. We feel this enhanced design will help build the Cos Cob Branch Library in a way its patrons will appreciate and utilize in the years to come,” said Joe Williams, Greenwich Library Director.

Funding for the Cos Cob renovation is expected to come from a combination of public funding through anticipated capital improvement appropriations and private funding.

The revised plan was developed by Peter Gisolfi Associates from a composite of counsel gleaned from the Cos Cob community survey, the recently released 2023-2025 Strategic Plan, and input from the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of Cos Cob Library, and Library leadership and staff.

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