October 2017 Director’s Message
Two weeks ago the LION library consortium – to which the Essex Library belongs – began an independent supplemental delivery service among its members. After a great deal of internal debate, LION made the decision to go forward with this move because its member libraries know how important access to shared resources is to our patrons. This is a big step, and it was taken once it became apparent that, due to decreased funding, the delivery service provided by the Connecticut State Library has not only been reduced to such a level as to be inadequate, but its long term viability is imperiled due to the State’s ongoing budget woes.
Consequently, all holds restrictions have been lifted and timely access to over 800,000 items owned by the 28 LION libraries is now much more easily available to you with your Essex Library card. I would like to take this opportunity to thank attorney Michael Hammond, an Essex resident and past President of the Library’s Board of Trustees, for the work he did to create a contract between LION and the delivery vendor on very short notice. By doing so Mike demonstrated, once again, his commitment to both the community of Essex and the mission of the Library.
The implementation of this service will result in a new annual operating expense for the Essex Library, as was the case when we lost our free high speed internet connection back in July. Since the Library only receives roughly half of its funding from the Town of Essex, now more than ever, your contribution to our Annual Appeal is critical to our continued financial well-being. This year’s Appeal is now in full swing, and we ask that you be as generous as possible when you make your gift to the Library.