NORWELL MARINER – The James Library and Center for the Arts is doing everything they can to ensure all of the community can enjoy its programs and facilities.
Groundbreaking will take place this month to add two new handicap parking spots, a handicap entrance and an elevator with access to all three of the floors of the building, which was built in 1874.
“We really want everyone to take part in the library,” said library executive director Megan Ward. “It has been a challenge for some people to use the facility and some grants that we normally could apply for we can’t because we aren’t fully accessible.”
Due to the accessibility issues,the library is unable to host the Norwell High School art opening that they hosted in the past.
In 2014, they began a strategic planning arrangement to identify what changes needed to be made so they could fulfill their mission, which lead to a “very exciting challenge” to determine how they might better suit the library to the residents of the South Shore.
The study concluded that they need to raise around $430,000 to complete the renovation, $330,000 of which has been raised, mostly through private fundraisers.
“We also want to make it known to the public that we want everyone enjoys the arts regardless of financial status,” Ward said. “We offer several free programs and we want people to know when they are available on our website.”
The library’s programs are typically run concurrently with the school year.
As spring segues into summer, “C’mon Get Happy: The Artistry of Kimberley Majury Albanese” will debut on Friday, May 18 with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday, June 13. Admission is free, though donations are accepted.
Albanese is an award-winning monoprint artist whose bold, color pop art has appeared in over 20 regional shows throughout New England. According to the library, Albanese has a passion for mixed media and has “a crush on Andy Warhol.” Her goal is for the viewers of her art to escape the everyday, to get lost in a paradise of rich color and to “c’mon, get happy!”
The library is located at 24 West St., Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information can be found at jameslibrary.org or by calling 781-659-7100.
By Adam Silva