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Bradford Public Library Receives Access Training Award

May 17, 2013

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Center for Independent Living announces that the Bradford Public Library, the first library chartered by a Vermont town, is the New England ADA Center’s Field Based Training Day Awardee for Vermont for 2013.

This annual training opportunity will focus on Bradford’s Woods Library Building. Chartered in 1796 and built in 1865, the library was designed by Vermont architect Lambert Packard, who is also responsible for the Fairbanks Museum in St Johnsbury. The beautiful brick and rusticated stone library building has many stunning and complex features – a polygonal north apse, projecting gable dormers, a two-story octagonal tower, circular corner tourelles and decorative stone and terra cotta embellishments – making it a true structural gem.

“Small town libraries across the state are finding creative solutions to update their programs and buildings, and we are thrilled for this chance to work with library directors Debra Tinkham and Gail LaVaude to bring this historically significant building up to current standards for accessibility,” said VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville.

The New England ADA Center and VCIL are offering one field-based training day annually to train participants on how to conduct an existing facilities review and identify design-based or operational solutions that would improve accessibility under the ADA. Facilities can be a town hall, library, school building, central pedestrian area, senior center, park, playground, health department, police station, playing field, pool, or recreation site.

Librarians and municipal ADA coordinators from other towns can also benefit from this training event, and are encouraged to attend. The training will be held July 16 at the Bradford Public Library. Registration for the event will begin June 16 through the New England ADA Center, 1-800-949-4232 (voice/TTY), www.newenglandada.org. Applicants for next year’s award cycle should contact Kim Brittenham at VCIL.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization directed and staffed by individuals with disabilities, works to promote the dignity, independence and civil rights of Vermonters with disabilities. Like other independent living centers across the country, VCIL is committed to cross-disability services, the promotion of active citizenship and working with others to create services that support self-determination and full participation in community life. For more information, visit www.vcil.org.