Tonight, on my cable TV show Let’s Talk, I am interviewing Mary Ellen Jepsen, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Buckland Library, about the new addition which is scheduled to open next week. This is a happy day for me because I served as librarian when the building process began in 2004. And it is a happy day for the town which finally has an ADA compliant library that also has much needed room for the collections, for patrons to browse, for children’s programming AND for the community who will now have a meeting room available even when the Library is not open.
You can see how we needed room! Our story hours were popular even shoehorned into a corner, while adult patrons tried to work at the single public computer.
This was my desk and the area where we stored all supplies, did all the book processing, checked books in and out and helped patrons find what they needed. The library needed room!
The new circulation desk wasn’t in when I took this photo last week, but you can see that there is organized room for book processing and supplies, and interlibrary loan books going in an out. The librarian also has a proper office with sufficient room for administrative files.
You will have to go to the Buckland Public Library on Upper Street to see all the rest of this beautiful building that includes not one, but two handicapped accessible bathrooms. I think there will even be potable water in the bathroom. Library hours are Tuesday 2-8 pm; Friday 1-6 pm and Saturday 9 am – 1pm.