The Next Chapter is Off to a Good Start

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jeanne L. Romano Library Annex took place on June 30, 2006 in the library garden. It was perfect summer morning and the garden was at its summer best.

The ceremony was well attended by local dignitaries, board members, staff, and most importantly, members of the community who best represent the reason for the expansion of the New Hartford Public Library.

The guests of honor, F. Eugene Romano and his family, were there in force to stand in for Jeanne, a wife, mother, and grandmother, and a lover of books. The new annex could not be more aptly named, and the New Hartford library community will benefit greatly from the support of the Romano family.

But There is More to Do:

Photo Gallery

Color Guard


Board President Kevin Kelly Talks with the Press

The Romano Family Digs In

There is Nothing Prettier than Girls with Shovels - The Romano Family
Judge William M. Virkler Welcomes All
Raymond A. Meier, New York State Senator
Linda Romano, Daughter of F. Eugene Romano

Kevin M. Kelly, President of the Board of Trustees

F. Eugene Romano II, Library Benefactor

Colleen Ribble, Daughter of Jeanne L. Romano

Earle C. Reed, Supervisor Town of New Hartford
Pat Scully, Son of Jeanne L. Romano

Mmm! The Donuts are Out.

Donald Ryan, Mayor of the Village of New Hartford. Looks On.

Mary Du Ross  - Board of Trustees, Hans Plambeck - Library Director, and James Kirkpatrick - Board Member Take in the Events


Mary Lou Caskey and Ann Harris of the Mid-York Library System Enjoy the Festivities







Since it was constructed in 1998-1999, the New Hartford Public Library has become an enormously popular community resource. Circulation has doubled over the past few years, and demand for the facility's meeting, learning, and research facilities has exploded beyond all expectations.

This is a bona fide success story. But in order for Library to remain a success, it must expand to accommodate the growing need for the valuable services it provides.

Right now, our library faces serious physical limitations, including:

In short, we need a library that's right-sized for our community. That's why it's time for us to write the next chapter in library services for New Hartford.

Fortunately, there is an appropriate and affordable solution. The Groundbreaking festivities began the construction phase of the Jeanne L. Romano Library Annex, an 8,800 square foot, two-story expansion that will comprise the final phase of the Library.

When the current library was in the planning stage, several studies suggested we would need a 17,000 to 22,000 square foot facility to adequately serve a community of this size a projection that has proven remarkably prescient, in light of the current situation. The new Jeanne L. Romano Annex will bring Library in line with this reasonable standard and give New Hartford the level of library services it needs... and deserves.

While the expansion will represent a 90% increase in space over the current building, long-term operating costs for this greatly expanded facility are projected to run just 20% over the current annual budget. At 2006 spending levels, this would represent an increased cost of just $2.00 per resident for the year. Back



The new Jeanne L. Romano Library Annex will cost between $1.7 million and $1.9 million to complete, including construction, equipment, and furnishings. The good news is that the Library has already secured close to $1.2 million in cash, grants, and pledges to fund this vital project, including a major gift of $600,000 provided by F. Eugene Romano, John E Romano and Linda Romano Petralia. (The annex will be named in memory of Eugene's late wife, Jeanne L Romano.)

With the resources in place to proceed with construction, we have entered the public phase of our capital campaign, encouraging the families, businesses, and organizations that rely on this community resource to help us close the remaining funding gap. Back


There are many ways to participate in making the Jeanne L. Romano Annex a reality:

Gifts to NHPL may be made in a variety of forms, including: Cash, Securities, Real Estate.

Some donors also choose to make a major gift to the campaign through planned giving of property or investments.

For further options go to Suggestions for Personal Giving

Donors may choose to make an extended commitment or pledge payable over three to five years. (Pledges received during the period of the Building Fund Drive will be credited in full toward the campaign.)

However you choose to take part, please join us in supporting the Building Fund...and help us write the long-anticipated concluding chapter of the New Hartford Public Library story.

For more about giving to the New Hartford Public Library click here.

New Hartford Public Library is a 501-C-3 (not-for-profit) corporation. Back


You can either:

NHPL Building Fund

PO Box 461

New Hartford, NY 13413

Click here to print a gift form.

For more information, call the Library at (315) 733-1535 Back