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From The Desk Of The Parker Library Director: 5 Years Of Highlights

Feb 09, 2018 05:33AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Dracut Public Library

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Dracut Library.)

Nanci Hill, Director, Parker Memorial LIbrary

 January 22, 2018, marked my five-year anniversary as the Director of the Parker Library.  The staff and trustees threw me a party after work the week before to commemorate the occasion. I was stunned, and not just because I had completely forgotten that my work anniversary was upon me.  They had planned a potluck, with everything from homemade dumplings to kielbasa and pasta with meatballs.  The food was delicious, but even better was a night with the people I have come to know and care about deeply.  The staff and trustees of the Parker Library care deeply about the library, its collections, programs, and you, our patrons.  I am truly blessed for having been able to spend the last five years working with this amazing group of people.  I look forward to the next five years and all that it has to bring.

The occasion got me thinking about all that we've accomplished here at the Parker in the last five years. Here are the highlights:

  • We received a $15,000 grant to conduct a year-long Readers' Advisory training for the staff of both the Dracut and Chelmsford Libraries. At the conclusion of that draft, we began offering an online reader profile that can be filled out and sent back to us.  Once received, trained staff members pull together a list of five recommended titles, specifically for you, based on your reading likes and dislikes.  We have responded to 61 profiles.  Looking for your next great read? Fill out our survey here.
  • Several of our Circulation staff has begun to work on receiving their Para Certification from the Massachusetts Library Association (MLA).
  • We instituted a Homebound Delivery program for the elderly and those that are unable to visit the library on their own. For more information, contact Assistant Director, Diane Annunziato, at 978-454-5474. We are always looking for volunteers to help deliver materials.
  • We worked inter-departmentally with both the Council on Aging and Dracut Recreation Department, as well as The Arbors, to create and hold a successful, week-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter's publication.
  • We worked with the Dracut Garden Club to offer a Books in Bloom show and contest.
  • We held a Library Card Sign-Up Month, working with local businesses to offer discounted items to customers showing their library card.
  • We held our first ever, town-wide read.  Over 300 community members read Defending Jacob by William Landay, and participated in various other theme-related activities over a three-month period.
  • We established and began circulating new, non-traditional collections.  These include our cake pan collection, hot-spots, Launchpads, a telescope, and binge-boxes! Keep your eyes out for more non-traditional materials to be added in the future, including hand-made Native American drums!
  • We added Freegal, which allows our patrons to download and keep music!
  • We recently contracted with a company to handle our current and future technological needs.  Keep your eye out for improvements!
  • The Parker staff has become involved in both local, regional, and state library associations and committees, making them more aware of library trends that can and will affect library services.
  • The Parker Library received the Best in Show and Best Community Reads in the 2017 MLA Public Relations Awards.
  • Staff member, Amy Spence, received a scholarship to attend the 2017 MLA  Annual Conference.
  • I received the MLA 2017 Library Support Staff of the Year Award.
  • Staff have received professional development training on Violent Intruder situations and on Narcan, as well as CPR and using our defribrillator.
  • Many staff members have begun creating library displays, including the wonderful end-cap displays that you see on the second floor.

All in all, it's been a wonderful five years. 

As always, I am available to meet and talk with you.  This is your library and we want to hear what you think!

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