More than 100 people stayed through a long Town Meeting to support the vote on library funding. We wish to thank all the prople who so eloquently spoke in our favor, and all who stayed long into the night for the final vote. The community clearly sent a message that the Library is a vital and important resource for Wilton. For our part, we will continue to keep costs down to a minimum, consistent with providing quality library services to our community. David Olson, Director . . . → Read More: Many turn out in support of the Library at Town Meeting
Cory Doctorow discusses the challenges facing authors and cultural heritage institutions with the increasing use of electronic texts. Speaker Biography: Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. . . . → Read More: A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond
This year’s Annual Town Meeting is Monday, June 6th, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Academy Hill School cafeteria. The library, though not a Town department, receives nearly 80% of its operating budget from the Town. The rest is made up through fundraising. The last two years we have been funded . . . → Read More: Director’s Blog: Annual Town Meeting
Last year we had an energy audit performed under a grant from Efficiency Maine. There were several recommendations made for ways the library could save money and make more efficient use of energy. In the next few days, we will be starting on some projects, funded by a grant from Stephen and Tabitha King, which will make the library more comfortable and less expensive to operate. . . . → Read More: Director’s Blog: Energy-saving projects getting started
In the interest of ensuring our patrons’ safety, comfort, and unimpeded use of the library, we have implemented a new Patron Conduct Policy. The new policy details a process for informing patrons that their conduct is unacceptable, and the consequences of failing to heed accepted library rules. We have seen very few patron conduct . . . → Read More: From the Director: New Patron Conduct Policy
The link below will take you to a 28-minute radio program on Soundprint titled “Who Needs Libraries?” It’s a good question, especially now that eBooks have become popular, accessible, and affordable (free in the case of the classics.) Are books going to go away? Will we stop having community libraries? Book publishers and libraries have weathered this particular storm before; and librarians are always very adaptable to new technologies: librarians have been around a long time, and even the book was a new technology to us once. . . . → Read More: Director’s Blog: Who needs libraries?