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?
Here’s a link to a PDF file that shows the survey results and how to learn more about downloadable ebooks and audio books. . . . → Read More: Director’s Blog: Ebook survey responses
In May, 2010, the Library participated in the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s Efficiency Maine Business Energy Audit Program. A walk-through audit revealed several ways the Library could reduce its energy use and save money, including more efficient lighting, upgrading insulation, installing an on-demand hot water system, insulating hot water pipes, and providing better movement . . . → Read More: From the Director: Energy Audit Results
Not everyone feels comfortable with the traditional book club model where club members choose which books they will read over the course of a year, then get together on a regular basis to discuss them. It means several people will need to buy, borrow, or download the titles. And what if you really . . . → Read More: From the Director: A different kind of book club.
Although the Town of Wilton heavily subsidizes the Library, it is not enough to cover all our operating expenses. We still need to raise about $20,000 a year to make ends meet. We raise this money in a variety of ways: fundraisers, book sales, fees, legacies and bequests, grants and requested donations, and from the generous unsolicited donations we receive throughout the year. A Fall newsletter is in the works, which includes an appeal letter for the annual Fall Fundraiser. . . . → Read More: From the Director: Fundraising