Message from the Director

December 2019 Director’s Message

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ELA Director Deb Smith

As we head into winter, here at the library we’ve just completed some fall cleaning. In November we had the library’s carpet shampooed. We are now enjoying our spruced up look! We were able to schedule the cleaning on the one day a week when we are closed. I hope you found, as we did, that that there was minimal inconvenience for maximum improvement.

Last month I enjoyed spending a day at the University of Hartford with several of our trustees for the annual conference of the Association of Connecticut Library Boards. This conference provides a day when trustees and directors responsible for stewarding and leading libraries across the state have a chance to learn how we can better meet our community’s needs. This year there was an emphasis on data. I look forward to sharing some of the library’s data and trends with you soon. As just one example, an area where we are seeing substantial growth is in the delivery of digital resources (audiobooks, e-books and magazines, television and films). If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll check out what we offer direct to you at home through OverDrive, Zinio, Acorn TV, and RBDigital. You can learn how to connect with these resources by stopping at our circulation desk or visiting our website.

Here at 33 West Avenue, we are looking forward to the Spooky Trails and Tall Tales Connecticut Author Talk with Stephen Gencarella on December 5th at 7:00 p.m. We’ll also host a highly anticipated lecture by art historian Dr. Anna Swinbourne on December 12th at 7 p.m. Remember, you can always check our website for additional events or meetings.

We wish everyone a pleasant end of the year. Please note that the library will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

See you at the library,

Deb