Month Day, 2015

Looking outside right now, it is hard to believe that it is Spring. But Spring it is! We did most of our Spring cleaning at the library back in the bleak midwinter, but now we are planting seeds. Summer Reading Program is in development, and this summer we will be adding new elements for teens and adults. We are also rebuilding our website from the ground up. Soon, it will be much more mobile friendly and redesigned to make it easier for you to get to the information and resources you want.

For the second month in a row, the library exceeded the previous year's performance. Compared to last March, circulation at our library is up 11%. Circulation of our items throughout the network is up 14%, circulation of our materials to our patrons is up 10%, and usage of e-resources through Overdrive is up a whopping 71%. Keep reading, folks!

In other miscellaneous news:
  • We have moved the magazines back in from the cold, dark foyer. New ones can be found right inside the front door. Old ones are in the main stacks after science fiction and fantasy.
  • If you have unwanted cat food, toys, or litter, we have a donation box at the library where you can drop them off and benefit a local student working on his community service project.
  • We are now circulating 5 professional grade chess mats and 2 checker rugs.
  • Chess club for grades 5-8 is becoming a weekly event on Tuesdays from 3 to 7.

Thank you,

Justin Snook
Director, Simon Fairfield Public Library
 Douglas Dough!
The Friends of the Library Annual Meeting will be April 28 at 6:30pm here at the Library. The agenda includes election of officers, a presentation by the Library director, and a program offered by Ellie Chesebrough on sour dough cooking using Douglas' natural yeast!   
Upcoming Book Clubs
  • April 7 @ 6:30 -- Josh Tetreau's Greatest Book Club Ever reads Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
  • April 12 @ 6:30 -- Adult Book Club reads The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman.
  • April 14 @ 6:00 -- Young Readers Club reads The House of a Million Pets by Ann Hodgman.
  • April 28 @ 6:00 -- Book Bunch reads The Underground Railroad by Allison Lassieur.

The Douglas Farmers Market is looking for vendors! They need farmers and artisans to join their weekly market which starts June 18 and last through October. The Market is right across the street from the library at the Jenckes Store. If you make it, grow it, or bake it, come sell it! To learn more, visit www.douglasfarmersmarket.org. 
Political Stuff and Finance Things
The town's budget and all things related to it is a hot point of discussion at the moment. We take no stance at the library other than providing information. So here's information:
  • The Annual Report for the Fiscal Year of 2015 is now available here.
  • The Finance Committee's FY17 Budget Public Hearing will be on April 11 at 7pm in Town Hall.
  • Annual Town Meeting will be on May 2 at 7pm in the Douglas High School Auditorium.
  • Douglas citizens are organizing a trip to Beacon Hill to advocate for the town. See the flyer below: