Message from the Director

Richard Conroy, Library Director

December 2018 Director’s Message:

December is here which means that winter weather is here, as well (though we had an early preview of that a couple of weeks ago).  When inclement weather strikes we make every effort to keep the Library open.  The safety of both you and our staff always comes first, though.  Accordingly, if a significant storm develops, or is predicted with a high degree of confidence, we may close early, open late, or not open at all, depending on the situation.  Whenever our hours are affected by the weather we will post a message about that on our website, and send one out to everyone on our email list, as well.  An announcement will also be sent to television channels 3, 8 and 30.  By the way, don’t forget that even if the Library isn’t open our website never shuts down and you can always use it to download an audio or ebook, magazines like The New Yorker or Good Housekeeping, or enjoy streaming videos on Acorn TV.

December also means that are the holidays upon us, and so is the end of 2018.  We know that federal tax law has changed, which impacts the ability of many of you to take advantage of a deduction when you make a charitable donation to the Essex Library.  We firmly believe, though, that you support the Library not just to save money on your taxes, but because you know that it’s a vital community resource.  Our Annual Appeal is in full swing and, so far, has been successful.  If you haven’t yet contributed and expect to realize a tax benefit because of your gift to the Library please be as generous as you can if you send it in between now and the end of the month.

Last but not least, we hope you all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!