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Ipswich Public Library 25 North Main Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938 the Newsletter Board of Trustees Approves New Plan of Service Summer 2008 At the June 16th meeting of the seven specific activities outlined tee approved five general goals of Volume 10 Ipswich Public Library Board of for the next five years. These ac‐ library service while the Library Trustees a new Plan of Service for tivities will go beyond the stan‐ Director discussed the results of Issue 1 2009‐2013 was approved by the dard services every public library the Community Survey. The sur‐ Board. The objectives and activi‐ offers. vey of the community was in‐ ties in this 5‐year plan are based cluded with the March mailing of Inside this issue: upon the following five general The planning process began last the Utilities Department bills. The goals. The Ipswich Public Library fall when members of the commu‐ survey was available at the library Go Green! 2 will: nity were asked to serve on a Plan‐ and also online. Over 500 surveys Want to live green? 2 ning Committee. were completed. During the Getting to Know ... 3 • Position itself as the com‐ spring the library staff conducted munity center for encour‐ The Committee included library its own SWOT analysis and then, Partnership with ... 3 aging literacy and lifelong patrons Doug Stewart, George using survey results and com‐ Library Popular 3 learning through reading of Howe, Anne Brown, Nancy War‐ ments, began to suggest objec‐ print and electronic re‐ ner, Jim Foley and Laura Hoffman. tives and activities that would Lilac for Jane 3 sources Also on the Committee was library further the goals agreed upon by Wild Reads! 4 • Effectively market the full volunteer Catherine Armstrong, the committee. At the beginning range of its collections and staff member Betsy Johnson and of the process library staff pro‐ services to the entire com‐ Library Director Victor Dyer. The vided the committee with exten‐ munity committee met three times be‐ sive background information • Provide excellent service to tween February and May. Working about the community of Ipswich all the citizens of Ipswich with consultants from the North‐ and the Ipswich Public Library in east Massachusetts Regional Li‐ particular. Summer Hours • Encourage the appreciation of Ipswich as a unique, his‐ brary System (NMRLS) committee members completed a SWOT The completed Plan of Service will Monday & Wednesday toric community with great 9 am—8 pm natural beauty (Strengths, Weaknesses, Oppor‐ be submitted to the Massachu‐ tunities & Strengths) analysis of setts Board of Library Commis‐ • Promote free access to Tuesday, Thursday the library, and a ‘brainstorming’ sioners as a requirement for future information for every and Friday exercise focused on a vision of grant opportunities. Copies of the member of the community 9 am—5 pm Ipswich five years from now. Plan will be given to members of the Board of Selectmen, Town Three to six objectives were writ‐ Saturday/Sunday Closed At the final meeting the Commit‐ Manager, Library Trustees & Staff. ten for each goal with ninety‐ Some Highlights from the Plan of Service Researching historic houses Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Documentary film series r e d e s i g n e d w e b s i t e ‘Fireside Chats’ comfy chairs digital photography Photo Gallery workshop landscaping RSS feeds electronic bulletin board recycling information improvements Wifi Kids workshops video games ‘Dad’s Read’ story times with Annual coffee and donuts information kiosk Open House Ipswich Public Library: the Newsletter Page 2 Go Green! Library Dedicates Children’s Plaza The Ipswich Public Library On Saturday, wich. It is located just off the Children’s Room distributed about a thou‐ June 7th the new entrance at the side of the Ipswich Public Library, sand free “green bags” in Children’s Plaza 25 North Main Street. June 2008. Most patrons was inaugurated mentioned that these at the Ipswich The creation of an outdoor Children's Plaza was bags are perfect for Public Library. part of the Ipswich Public Library Plan of Service books, beach stuff, and More than fifty 2004‐2008. The Plaza was funded by the Trustees grocery items to minimize people attended of the Ipswich Public Library. Story times and use of paper and plastic Parents & children gathered early morning the event, which other children’s activities will take place on the on the Children’s Plaza for the dedication bags. featured story‐ Plaza. At other times the public is invited to enjoy teller J.T. Turner and musician Orville Giddings. the benches, bistro tables and chairs arranged on Go Green! is an aware‐ The program included Children's Librarian Marilyn the Plaza. For information about children’s sum‐ ness project sponsored by Pauley reading stories to the children who sat on mer activities at the Ipswich Public Library call the providers of EBSCO‐ blue and green cushions around her new, brightly 978 356‐6648 or visit the library website at host® databases and the striped and bell‐bedecked ‘Storytellers Chair.’ www.town.ipswich.ma.us/library and click on Ipswich Public Library. The 365 square foot plaza of grey pavers was con‐ ‘Children’s Services.’ structed by Corliss Landscape & Irrigation of Ips‐ Want to live green? Go to the library. As you concentrate on reducing your carbon footprint, take a walk different locations. Rather than having each patron drive to a li‐ to the library. Literally. brary in a different town to get a book that is temporarily unavail‐ able in their own public library, the 35 libraries of the Merrimack Using a public library is, ultimately, a responsible environmental Valley Library Consortium arrange to have books picked up and choice because, when you think about it, the entire enterprise is all delivered daily by a single driver. When your book arrives you are about recycling. notified by email or phone. Pretty convenient. Here’s an example: The library purchases a copy of a book you And let’s face it: the library is an economic refuge in times of fiscal want to read, say, Atonement by Ian MacEwen. You could get into uncertainty. Everything is free. Books, magazines, electronic data‐ your car and drive to Borders or Barnes & Noble and purchase the bases, DVDs and videos. book. That’s about 20 miles round trip (when we last checked that would be an additional $4 per gallon to add to the expense of the You don’t even have to buy a newspaper if you don’t want to. You book itself in the form of gas money). can hang out in the Rogers Room and read The Ipswich Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, the Or you could go online and order a copy from Amazon.com. An New York Times, the Salem Evening News and more magazines airplane or a truck would have to ferry the book to Boston. And than you can shake a stick at (should you have a mind to shake a then a UPS or FEDEX truck would have to bring it to your door. stick). And this, too, is recycling, as many hands peruse the pages That’s a lot of fossil fuel, not to mention shipping costs. So rather of each of these publications each day. One copy, many readers. than buying the book before you see the movie, you decide to check it out from the library. With no video store in town anymore, a trip to Blockbusters in Rowley can be inconvenient and a waste of gasoline, especially Let’s say you even walk or bike to the library. Now you haven’t with the large numbers of videos and DVDs available for free in driven to Borders, or even down the street for that matter. You the Children’s Room and the adult library. have the book. And 78 patrons before you have checked it out and read it and 78 patrons after you may check it out and read it. It’s So take a walk or ride your bike to the one place in town where free and it’s shared use of a resource. If that’s not recycling, what every one of our products is constantly recycled and every item is? you bring home is free. There’s no more environmentally sound business in town than the Ipswich Public Library. If we don’t have the book in, we can usually get it via inter‐library loan within a week from another library in our consortium. This — Betsy Johnson service involves hundreds of books literally carpooling to get to Children’s Room Assistant Ipswich Public Library: the Newsletter Page 3 Getting to know you… Library Popular with With a Master’s degree in Library dent’ while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow Downtown Science from Simmons College guests in Boston and jobs in various • Have lunch as the main meal in a nice restaurant; Visitors academic settings, Reference & then buy a sandwich plus little dessert to enjoy Young Adult Librarian Paula Grillo, later in your room The Town of Ipswich was already an accomplished pro‐ • Bring something to make you feel at home—your Planning & Develop‐ fessional when she joined the staff favorite soap or photo, perhaps ment Department con‐ in February 2001. Nowadays, her ducted a survey re‐ assignments are varied; she han‐ cently on how people For a person who loves taking trips to Europe and dles readers’ services and interli‐ use the downtown fa‐ Canada, Paula surprisingly prefers Asian food. And of cilities. Over 900+ sur‐ brary loans, as well as local history and genealogy. course, tea! It is something she can’t go without. If veys were returned. In ever you have a question concerning teas, tea services answer to the question: As her colleague, I can confidently attest that Paula and accoutrements, she’s the person to ask. Her other Why do you visit down‐ enjoys life beyond the walls of the Ipswich Public Li‐ interests include learning about different cultures, town Ipswich? over brary. Her passion for travel brought her to various especially 20th century Russian history. In July 2008 44% of the respondents places in Europe—England, France, Italy, Scotland, she is putting together a Browsing Room display on listed the Ipswich Pub‐ just to mention a few. She also delights in spending the Romanovs of Russia. In addition, she has studied lic Library! Only the short vacations in Nova Scotia and Montreal. While languages such as Italian, Spanish and French. These post office, banks and vacationing, she especially likes to visit house muse‐ skills give her an edge being the coordinator of the restaurants had higher ums with beautiful gardens. conversational English tutoring program at the library. visitation. During our recent conversation, I asked Paula if she Growing up in Gloucester, she has fond memories not could offer advice to women travelers. Here’s what only of its fine beaches and art galleries but also as the she said: city where her father was a mayor and her mother an English teacher. She often visits her family including • Wear garments with soft fabric for comfort in her only sister, who after working on Wall Street for overseas flights many years, now resides in Gloucester. Paula, how‐ • Travel light. Pack black slacks along with classic ever, is happy in Ipswich, her home for the past fifteen tops and a few accessories that go well with them years. Lilac for Jane • Stay at a Bed & Breakfast. This type of accommo‐ — Genevieve Picard dation gives an experience of being a ‘local resi‐ Assistant Library Director The staff of the Ipswich Public Library has re‐ membered longtime Partnership with Ipswich School District volunteer Jane Nove with the gift of lilac The Library is very happy subject to connect with a live tutor in the online class‐ bush. Jane, who passed to announce that begin‐ room to get homework help. away this spring, volun‐ ning this summer students teered for many years in Ipswich will have access to the Live Homework Help® The Parents’ Choice Foundation awarded Tutor.com its shelving fiction titles. online tutoring service from Tutor.com. Library Director PCF Gold Award in spring 2008. “Our committees recog‐ She was a cheerful and Victor Dyer and Ipswich School District Superintendent nized Tutor.com with a Parents' Choice Gold Award, in much‐loved presence in Rick Korb have worked over the past several months on part, for the commitment to providing students and par‐ the library. The ‘Beauty this cooperative venture. Through Live Homework Help® ents with an effective and safe online tutoring service," of Moscow’ lilac is a students in grades 4‐12 connect to real tutors via the says Claire S. Greene, President, Parents' Choice Founda‐ pink/white French hy‐ Internet for one‐to‐one help with math, science, social tion. brid variety. It was studies and English. This service is now available through planted near the ma‐ 1800 libraries all over the country. Tutoring is given The Trustees of the Ipswich Public Library have agreed ture ‘Sensation’ purple/ through controlled chat, interactive whiteboard and to pay half the subscription fee for access to Tutor.com white lilac bush which shared web browsing. When available this summer stu‐ through its trust funds. Watch for more information was donated by Jane in dents will connect to the service through the library’s about Live Homework Help® in the Ipswich Chronicle and 1999 in memory of her website at www.town.ipswich.ma.us/library. Each stu‐ on the library’s website. Live Homework Help® is a regis‐ grandson, Joshua. dent will be able to enter their grade level and select a tered trademark of Tutor.com, Inc. Ipswich Public Library: the Newsletter Page 4 Wild Reads... June 2008 August 2008 Saturday, June 7 Children’s Plaza Dedication, 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4 Radical Readers, 6:30-7:30 pm, Fantasy/ Storytelling with J.T. Turner, music by Orville Giddings, Science Fiction session. Pizza provided. balloons, bubbles & more! Wednesday, Aug. 6 Bedtime Storytime featuring Doyon Monday, June 16 Last day of school! Kindergarten, 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 Sparky Puppet Show, 10 am. Thursday, Aug. 7 Drop-in Craft, 8 & up, 10:30 a.m. July 2008 Monday, Aug. 11 Radical Readers, 6:30-7:30 pm, Historical Fiction session. Pizza will be provided. Monday, July 7 Wild Reads Summer Reading Program begins. Sign up in the Children’s Room! Wednesday, Aug. 13 Bedtime Storytime featuring Small World Preschool, 6:30 p.m. Radical Readers, 6:30-7:30 pm, get-acquainted session for old & new RRs. All rising 4th & 5th graders welcome. Thursday, Aug. 14 Drop-in Craft, 8 & up without adult, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9 Bedtime Storytime featuring Ipswich HOPS, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 Mountain Mushers, live sled dog program, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10 Drop-in Craft, 8 years & up without adult, 10:30 a.m. Harry Potter Game Night, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Play the Library’s original Harry Potter Game. Please come if you have read at Friday, July 11 Babies & Books w/ Sharon Grimes, 9:30 a.m. least one of the Harry Potter books. New & old Radical Readers welcome. Dessert will be provided. Monday, July 14 Radical Readers, Series Fiction Session, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pizza will be provided. Wednesday, Aug. 20 Bedtime Storytime featuring Ascension Nursery School, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 Bedtime Storytime featuring Cuvilly Preschool, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 Drop-in Craft, 8 & up without adult, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17 Drop-in Craft, 8 years & up without adult, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 End-of-summer Celebration of Wild Reads Summer Reading Program, 10:30 am. Wednesday, July 23 Bedtime Storytime featuring Winthrop Kindergarten, 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 25 Sixth Grade Book Club Planning Session, 7-7:45 p.m. Dessert will be provided. Thursday, July 24 The Turtle Lady, live turtle program, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 Creature Teachers, 10 a.m., live rainforest animal presentation. Friday, July 25 Vehicle Day & Annual Picnic, 10 a.m. “Summer Sounds” Concert, 6:30 p.m., featuring young local Monday, July 28 Sixth-Grade Book Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. musicians. Dessert will be provided. Wednesday, July 30 Bedtime Storytime featuring Run-A- Muck Preschool, 6:30 p.m. The Children’s Room monthly calendar of activities is available online at: www.town.ipswich.ma.us/library From our library homepage, choose Children’s Services, then click on Calendar. Enjoy!
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