Message from the Director

August 2019 Director’s Message

Deborah Smith, Library Director

It has been a wonderful first month for me here in Essex as I grow more familiar with our community, learn how the library can best serve all age groups, and enjoy a few moments each day meeting patrons. I just love browsing our shelves and seeing the many books and materials we have available. With new items arriving daily, there’s the constant reminder of the wonderful ‘occupational hazard’ that comes with being a librarian: so many books, so little time!

Summer is such a time of growth as gardens bloom and trees provide welcoming shady spots. While more than half of our staff has the professional expertise that comes with graduate level training in library science, we still cultivate a growth mindset all year long. Through our own ongoing professional development and reading, we work to stay informed and up to date on best practices so that we can remain nimble in delivering thought-provoking programs and services for you. This year we will start to highlight more of what we do every day. Keep an eye out for our monthly ‘Did You Know?’ tips in this newsletter, on our website, and on social media.

In addition to the abundance of materials at the library, I am so grateful for the abundance of experience, time, and perspective that our trustees give to us. Essex Library Association trustees serve in a volunteer capacity for three-year renewable terms. The board of fifteen members is dedicated to supporting lifelong learning and is enthusiastic about helping us deliver the highest levels of service to the community. As the association’s Annual Meeting approaches this fall, the Board is seeking nominations from individuals who can commit their time and expertise on behalf of the library. Nomination forms are available at the circulation desk and on our website. Completed forms should be returned to the library and are reviewed by the Board’s nominating committee. I hope that you will consider serving Essex as a library trustee; please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to learn more about what is involved. And as we enjoy the last days of summer, do stop by the library to indulge in a relaxing read or a fun film.

See you at the library!