Pavilion at the Library

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The Paul Pratt Memorial Library seeks to build an outdoor programming space that would include an amphitheater and a large patio with a pergola.  The proposal calls for both hardscaping and landscaping upgrades to the Sohier Street side of the building. 

This plan:

  • has been part of the library's long-term strategic plan for over 20 years and has been successfully tested over the past two.
  • is suitable for programming for all ages and all size groups.
  • will be available for all Town departments including Library, Recreation, Safe Harbor and Elder Affairs.
  • provides a wonderful space for the entire community to work, read, or just relax.
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Design generously provided by Chris MacFarlane, Elysium Design Landscape Architecture

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The Cohasset Library Trust is leading a development effort to secure at least $200,000 for the Pavilion -about half the total - for the Pavilion. This is the first time that the CLT has actively fundraised since the library moved to its current location over 20 years ago. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and encouraged. Please give generously to help us create a resource that the entire community may enjoy.

Nobel Prizes $20,000+

Pulitzer Prizes $10,000 - 19,999

Newbery Medals $5,000 - 9,999

National Book Awards $2,500 - 4,999

Mass. Book Awards $1,000 - 2,499

NYT Bestsellers up to $999

Checks may be made out the to the Cohasset Library Trust and mailed to 35 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA 02025, or please give here. For stock donations, please contact CLT President Barb Wipf at for instructions.

Identified Need

The residents of Cohasset utilize and appreciate their library. We have one of the highest per-capita circulation rates in the Commonwealth and our program attendance topped 14,000 in FY22. The 60-person capacity of our largest meeting room limits the number of people who may attend our most popular programs and has pushed us to look for innovative ways to create more programming space, including the use of  areas in other departments. During COVID, the library began offering programs outdoors under a tent during nice weather. The community responded enthusiastically and prompted us to pursue a more permanent solution.


The total budget for this project is likely to be about $400,000. This includes all of the property preparation, hardscaping, landscaping and furniture. Funding is sought from both public and private sources. The Community Preservation Committee agreed to recommend that Town Meeting consider an investment of $125,000 from CPC funds at the Special Town Meeting 12/13/2022. The South Shore Music Circus provided a $25,000 grant and the library carefully saved state grants to help fund the project. The remainder will be raised by the Cohasset Library Trust.

Project Development Committee

Caitlin Appleton, Elaine Breslow, Meghan Brinzey, Stephen Brown, Carolyn Coffey, Brooke Jewell, Catherine Harvey, Marylou Lawrence, Tom Littauer, Catherine O'Callaghan, Jen Ognibene, Sarah Pease, Bret Regan, Joy Schiffmann, Jon Stavis, Mark Toomey, Alex Viteri, Barbara Wipf, and Meaghan James, Library Director