Boy Scout Troop 3, led by Eagle Scout Connor Howlett, transformed the Children’s Room over the weekend. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Connor planned and executed the final phase of the Children’s Room space reconfiguration. Begun last summer with the move of the Reference collection into the stacks, the Children’s non-fiction collection moved into the Reference Room. The final phase involved moving thousands of books and removing the old metal shelves in the middle of the room. The goal was to make more space for crowded story times and other children’s activities. Connor planned the steps necessary for a smooth transition. The physical work was accomplished with Connor’s crew, Alex Taliaferro, Erik Arntsen, Chris Dumont, Corey Barstis, Will Burgess, Piper Browne, Kevin Cellucci, Colin Babikan, Mike Chlumecky, Josh Christopher, and Kyle Marsh. Together these young people donated 100 hours Saturday night and all day Sunday. It was a huge accomplishment and the Library Trustees are extremely grateful to have this community service project benefit the Library. Special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Howlett for supplying snacks, ideas, and windex.
Several citizens and members of the Friends, Staff and Trustees of the Library turned out Tuesday night in spite of the deep snow and frigid temperatures to enjoy a wonderful presentation of the new website by Paul Clark of the Library Friends. Mr. Clark enlightened the gathering on aspects of the site with which they might not be familiar, including the language learning tool Mango, new music download service Freegal, Overdrive, which allows download of ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, and all the other tools which are now easily accessible from the library’s website. Delicious refreshments were provided by members of the Friends of the Library, and a raffle drawing netted a new Nook reader for lucky winner Candy Bergquist.
The Library introduces Sharon O’Connor’s Menus & Music, a boxed kit containing themed recipe cards and a music CD. A great combination of food and music. Located in the new non-fiction section.
Lori Dumont Earns Certificate of Librarianship
Lori Dumont, Head of Circulation and Interlibrary Loan at the Manchester Public Library, was recently awarded a Certificate of Librarianship by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Over the course of four years Mrs. Dumont attended Basic Library Skills classes offered by the Board of Library Commissioners. The “BLT” coursework provides training in library administration, reference, cataloging, and materials selection. Congratulations Lori.
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The staff and trustees of the Manchester Public Library are pleased to announce the launch of its new website — www.manchesterpl.org ! Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the site, which has been designed to allow easier searching for books, audio and video material; provide greater access to a wide range of information services, as well as showcase a variety of new content services. Foremost among these is Freegal, an exciting new music download service from Sony, made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Library. You can view the site from your computer, or visit the library during regular library hours, Monday & Wednesday 10 AM-8 PM, Tuesday and Thursday from 1 PM-8 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM.
Our expert staff will be on hand to demonstrate the new website and to offer assistance. Don’t forget to enter your name in a drawing. The winner will receive a New Website surprise.