Framingham Public Library trustees have announced a series of public forums on their plans to pursue state funding for a project to replace the library’s Christa McAuliffe Branch, which they said is the second-busiest branch library in Massachusetts.
The grant would cover more than 45 percent of the cost of building a new branch, the trustees said during their June 23 meeting. In order to apply for the grant, trustees must formulate a building program that evaluates what the needs of the community will be in 20 years.
The trustees have hired a consultant with state money to do the building program, and applications are due in Jan. 2011.
The trustees are holding the informational sessions for residents on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main branch, 49 Lexington St., and from 3 to 6 p.m. at the McAuliffe Branch, 10 Nicholas Road; Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at McAuliffe; and July 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the main library.
In addition, trustees are asking all residents to fill out a survey via www.framinghamlibrary.org to help plan for the library system’s future.