Message from the Director

Richard Conroy, Library Director

June 2018 Director’s Message:

As we enter the final month of the Essex Library’s fiscal year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has so generously supported us in so many ways.  First, although it appears that we will not quite meet the goal for our Annual Appeal, we are extremely grateful to those who have contributed to it.  The funding we raise from this source is a critical component of our operating budget.  This year’s Appeal ends on June 30, so there’s still time for those of you who may not have done so yet to make a gift.

In addition to financial contributions, many of you have donated your time and talent as well.  This includes the numerous people who perform tasks like shelving returned items and, especially, the members of our Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers.  Their wise counsel helps keep the Library moving in the right direction.  We were also fortunate to have a visit paid to us by the VRHS “Warriors in the Community” on May 18.  Thanks to these hard working young people our Children’s Reading Garden was spruced up, shelving was rearranged, and invaluable help was provided to the Friends of the Essex Library as they prepared for their Spring Book Sale.

Speaking of the Friends – the level of service that we provide to you would not be possible without their substantial financial support.  The Book Sale was a great success, and I encourage you to also attend their Friends of the Essex Library Gardens Tour on Saturday, June 9.  In addition to having the ability to visit seven beautiful private gardens that day, you will also have the opportunity to attend special workshops to learn ways you can improve your own garden.

So many thanks to all of you who have supported us throughout the past twelve months.  We look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that the Essex Library can serve as your community center for cultural enrichment and lifelong learning!