[An end of the 2018 note from Jean Ackerly, Library Director]

Dear Newbury Library Patrons,

It’s hard to believe the holidays are already here. On the one hand, they’ve snuck up fast and I am not even close to completing my holiday shopping. On the other, here at the library we are already planning for spring and summer. This has been a transformative year at the library. We’ve leapt forward with a new website and events calendar to make life more user- and mobile-friendly for those of you on the go. This past year, we’ve served roughly 7,000 adults and children at library programs, checked out 21,000+ books, DVDs, and CDs to our patrons, and had 36,000+ visits from patrons. And the year isn’t yet over. Clearly Newbury loves its library!

We’ve had some exciting changes in our staff, as well. Kati Bourque, previously the Youth Services Library Assistant, was promoted to the role of Youth Services Librarian in July. Pauline Fabiano stepped into the Kati’s old position in August. Both Kati and Pauline have and continue to provide wonderful services to our younger patrons and are an integral part of our staff.

We also welcome two new Board of Trustee members who were elected by the public in May: Terry Litterst and Richard Ravin. They bring excitement and a wealth of experience to the Board.

Now, onto a few new and fun things to tell you about.

We have continued to add to our library of things, which includes items such as WIFI Hotspots, festive cake baking pans, and an electricity monitoring device. Lack of sunlight and vitamin D is a real health issue for many in New England, and now you can check out some vitamin D with your library card in the form of a portable light therapy energy lamp. Stay tuned for more helpful and interesting things to be added to this collection.

If you receive an eReader as a gift this holiday season, you will be happy to find your favorite authors available from the eBook collection of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, of which the Newbury Library is a member. I have to say that I was a reluctant digital reader until I recently took a trip. With my Kindle, I was able to carry 5 books, some poetry and a magazine, all of which fit inside my purse. (Did I mention digital copies of your favorite magazines are now available with your library card?) I won’t be giving up hard copies of books anytime soon, but it’s always nice to have options. And as always, if you need help with that device, come into the library for assistance!

In 2019 we will be holding our first Community Read. A Community Read is like a giant book club in which the entire community reads and discusses the same book. In this instance, the book is One Goal: a Coach, a Team and the Game That Brought a Divided Community Together, by Amy Bass. Amy will be visiting us for the Community Read Finale in May. Named a Best Book of 2018 by Library Journal, this book is a timely story about overcoming the prejudices that divide us. Stay tuned for more information and events leading up to Amy’s visit.

Don’t forget we have museum passes with discount pricing for local museums and parks. Take a day and visit the New England Aquarium with our newest library pass acquired by the Friends of the NTL. And if you’re doing your holiday shopping on Amazon, please remember to use smile.amazon.com and designate the Friends of the NTL as your giving community. The Friends fund all of the programs the library offers for both adults and children.

Be sure to check our calendar for events that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout the winter. From special events like the upcoming EFT Tapping Workshop and Writing Workshop, to story times and Lego Club, there is plenty for everyone at the Newbury Town Library.

I look forward to the coming year with optimism and excitement. I am very blessed to lead our lovely little library, and to work with a talented, devoted staff whose commitment to the Library and its patrons is clearly visible every day.

We will keep you posted on programs and offerings in the New Year.

From Erin and Jane and Marcia and Kati and Pauline and Ellen and myself
– Happiest of Holidays!