In his Dec. 23 piece in the Rhode Islander ("Rhode Island’s rich architectural scene also has a few clunkers"), William Morgan criticized the Tiverton Library for not being “daringly new." Architectural blogger David Brussat (architecturehereandthere.com), by contrast, praised it as a “library that breathes in the traditionally bucolic character of the town," adding that its architecture "reflect(s) the quiet beauty” and “the design’s simplicity belies the size and complexity of the interior.”

Brussat got it right. The public consensus was for Union Studio to design a picturesque New England exterior, and a functional “daringly new” interior to accommodate the ever-changing uses of libraries. Thanks to the voters who approved the bond, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Champlin Foundation, BayCoast Bank, vanBeuren Charitable Foundation and other grantors and private donors, Tiverton “built it and they came." In 2018, there were almost 90,000 visits, 80,000 items checked out, and 700 programs with 10,300 participants.

We warmly welcome Mr. Morgan to visit and see the library from Tiverton’s perspective.

Eileen Browning

Tiverton

The writer is a member of the Tiverton Library Foundation.