Future of Rice Public Library

Kittery Library Committee

The Rice Library Building and Taylor Building Committees have been formed.  Please refer to the Town Hall calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

  • For more information on the Rice Library Building Committee, please visit the Committee page found here.
  • For more information on the Taylor Building Committee, please visit the Committee page found here.
 

Recent Updates:

Rice Public Library Fact Sheet

Rice Public Library Fact Sheet
Rice Public Library Fact Sheet 2
 
November 5, 2019 - Election
  • To view the results of Bond Referendum, please click here.
October 9, 2019 - Rice Public Library Informational Meeting - Council Chambers - 6:00 PM
October 7, 2019 - Town Council Meting - Council Chambers - 6:00 PM
  •  To view the Agenda/Packet material, please click here.
  • To view the Town Council Meeting video, please click here.
August 12, 2019 - Town Council Meeting - Proposed Binding Bond Referendum for the November Ballot
July 8, 2019 - Town Council Presentation - Council Chambers - 6:00 PM
  • To view the Town Manager's Library Presentation to the Town Council, please click here.
June 26, 2019 - Library Design Presentaion - Council Chambers - 6:00 PM
  • The Rice Public Library Building project team presented the updated interior and exterior designs.  To view the presentation, please click here.
  • To view the meeting video, please click here.
June 15, 2019 - Kittery Block Party
  • The Rice Public Library Building project team had a table with a preview of the new interior and exterior designs at the Kittery Block Party.
May 22, 2019 - Library Building Committee Meeting
  • To view the South Scheme Schematic Design, please click here.
April 24, 2019 - Community Design Workshop Presentation
  • To view the Community Design Workshop Presentation, please click here.
March 25, 2019 - Town Council Meeting - Library MOU
March 20, 2019 - Library Building Committee Meeting
  • To view the Programming Phase Presentation, please click here.
  • To view the DRAFT Programming and Existing Conditions Report, please click here.
March 3, 2019 - Town Council Workshop - Library MOU
February 11, 2019 - Town Council Meeting - Library MOU
  • To view the meeting agenda/packet for the meeting, please click here.
  • To view the meeting video, please click here.
January 14, 2019 - Town Council Meeting - Library Committees Update

Previous Updates:

October 23, 2017 - A Library Working Group Information Session was held on October 16th at the Traip Academy Library.  The public meeting is available to view in its entireity here.

October 1, 2017 - The Rice Library Working Group has completed a number of workshops and the public survey.  The results of the progress and outcomes is attached.  In general, the respondents were supportive of developing a plan for the future of the library.  However, no option emerged as the clear preference.  The Working Group sought and the Town Council approved a non-binding ballot referendum for the November election that includes both Option 2 and Option 3.

What is The Rice Library Working Group (RLWG)?

The Rice Library Working Group (RLWG) formed out of a belief that broad resident participation was crucial to resolving the debate over Rice Public Library’s future. While representing key stakeholder groups, RLWG has no formal charge from those groups. 

We identified gaining broad resident support for the Library’s location as the first step toward resolution. It recognized that some might wish the Library to continue just as it is now (Option 1); others might want to preserve the historic Rice building as the Town library while modernizing and adding to it (Option 2); still others might see Rice on the Kittery Community Center campus (Option 3); and finally, some might have location ideas not yet considered.

It is not possible to develop answers to all the related questions for each option.  For that reason, we need to focus in on the preferred location option.

The Rice Library Working Group originally included:

  • Bill Tredwell and George Dow of the Rice Library Board of Directors
  • Jeffrey Pelletier and Judith Spiller of the Kittery Town Council
  • Steve Workman of the Kittery Community Center Board of Directors
  • D. Allan Kerr and Russell White serving as Kittery citizens at-large
  • Lee Perkins Rice Library Director
  • Janice Grady, Recreation and Kittery Community Center Director
  • Kendra Amaral, Town Manager

For more information contact the Office of the Town Manager at 207-475-1329 or at kamaral@kitteryme.org.