2009 Annual Reports
The library had another very busy year in 2009, with circulation up 3 percent over the previous year. We’re happy to report that in FY 2009 our library once again had the highest circulation per capita in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Thanks to our patrons for their continued support.
During calendar year 2009 more than 5,500 people attended our adult and youth programs. This includes our Chilmark School programs every Monday that feature library skills classes, author talks and reading appreciation projects. The Chilmark Preschool students attend our lively Stories and Songs program every Tuesday. Our Saturday Stories and Songs program continues to bring young families from the community into the library. The Wednesday After School Crafts program is popular with Chilmark School students and a new teen program was added on Saturday afternoons.
For adults, our evening lecture series featured best selling authors, some of the island’s top chefs and world-renowned fisheries experts. During the daytime, our Chowder and a Movie series continues to entertain. Town nurse Nicole Barlett began offering monthly blood pressure clinics at the library. And community groups were able to use our meeting room after hours more than 50 times. Any town resident can reserve the room for appropriate non-profit use.
We were saddened last year when former library trustee Jackie Sexton passed away. Although Jackie had retired as an elected trustee after nearly two decades, she continued to volunteer as a member of the library art committee. Her contributions were many and we miss her tremendously. The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library planted a tree in her memory last fall.
Library Friends: The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library continue to provide exceptional support to the library and our patrons. They hold popular used book sales inside the library each year, provide funds for the Offseason Library Café, and continue to upgrade our public computing network and wireless Internet service. In addition to supporting our adult and youth programs, they pay for landscaping and purchase our home, health, travel, and local history books. President Susan Murphy has recruited new members and this lively, dedicated group has begun staffing several on-going evening programs, including a knitting group and a family film series.
Library Volunteers: We are fortunate to have the support of some dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Through volunteers, we’re now able to offer a book delivery service for patrons who are homebound. Lillian Kellman delights our young patrons throughout the year with her stories. Maxine Stevens does our monthly book displays. Happy Spongberg is working on inventory this winter. Liz Lewenberg brings flowers from her garden to beautify the front desk from spring to fall. Their contributions are invaluable. We’d also like to express our gratitude for the two decades of volunteer service from former Menemsha resident Charlotte Ruben, who moved off island this winter. We always have new projects in the works and would love to hear from more residents who have a few hours a month to volunteer at the library. Library Staff: Library Director Ebba Hierta is in her 4th year of service. Assistant Director/Youth Services Librarian Kristin Maloney is in her 19th year. Assistant Librarian Irene Tewksbury is in her 2nd year. Library Assistant Judy Mueller is in her 5th year.
Library Statistics – calendar year 2009:
Adult Books 19,022 26,605
Youth Books 9,010 14,986
Audio/Visual 5,264 20,806
Periodicals 735 2,912
Public Computers 8 2,633
Total 34,039 67,942
The Library Trustees
J. NORMAN FREED, Chairman
JANE SLATER, Vice Chair
JANE WEIDNER, Secretary