FNPL Fall 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to our Fall 2012 newsletter, with information about Friends of the Library activities, Library Programs, Museum Discount Passes, and other timely topics that fit. The printed newsletter was available at the Library and emailed to Friends email subscribers in September.  Information has been updated to reflect today’s date.   We apologize for getting it up on the website a bit late.  The Friends is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose purpose is to enhance and promote the Norwell Public Library.


Chairman’s Report
Trustee’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Fred-the-Shed News
Library Director’s Report
News from the Children’s Room
Library Survey Results
Wellfleet OysterFest Weekend Raffle
News You Can Use
James Library
Council on Aging
Consumer Reports Online
Local Health News

Chairman’s Report

Welcome all to the 2012-2013 season of the Friends of the Norwell Public Library.

Although typically July and August are vacation months for the Friends, Fred-the-Shed kept us busy, along with developing our on-line book selling skills.   The “Weekend-in-Wellfleet” has created quite a buzz.  Many thanks to Sheila Platt for the donation.  Oh, and least I forget, the Friends presented Becky with the Library’s very own iPad2 this summer.   Come try it out!

Now we are looking forward to a season of renewing old friendships, making new friends, having new fundraisers, keeping up with technology and helping the Foundation’s efforts toward a new Library building or addition. Hope springs eternal.  Come and contribute – time, money, talent – all are welcome and all are very much appreciated.

Penny Wilson, Chair

Trustee’s Report

The new fiscal year has started and, thanks to your support at Town Meeting and during the last election, Norwell Public Library has been able to maintain the 51 operational hours we had resumed in September, 2011.  The Trustees are grateful to Library patrons and Friends for active participation during both political events.  As we enter this new fiscal year, NPL is faced with challenges and changes.

One change, soon to be implemented, is that minutes from the Library Trustee meetings will be posted on the Library website.   The Trustees hope this will improve communication with patrons.  Many people, both in the past and in the recent survey, expressed a strong interest in Sunday hours.  Trustees are examining staffing and possible funding sources in order to pilot Sunday openings sometime this fiscal year.  Another challenge to the Trustees is to define a vision for NPL while balancing facility maintenance and operational needs.

During the last few years NPL has weathered storms of potential closure and reduced funding while at the same time meeting increased demand for services.  Due to the professionalism and hard work of Library Staff, as well as the continued support of its patrons, Friends, and Trustees, NPL will thrive and meet the new challenges awaiting us.

As a final note, the Trustees are pleased to welcome Mike Yee as our newest member.  That’s our Library Director and Mike Yee in the picture.

Jeanne Hagelstein-Ivas, Chairman, Board of Library Trustees

Treasurer’s Report as of August 2012

Last Fiscal Year – July 2011 to June 2012

A Phenomenal Year for the Friends

We donated LOTS to the Library!

The Friends donated 17 different types of Museum Passes, which were happily used by Norwell Residents.  We supported the unique Adult and Children Programs frequently provided at the Library and funded new puppets, Legos and board books for the Children’s Room.  That’s not all!  We helped make our Community Room brighter and more inviting with our donations of improved lighting installed by Lunn Electric and fresh paint done by Certa Pro Painters.  AND, we just purchased an iPad2 to be used by patrons in our Library.  The Friends went all out this year to help make our Library better.

We want this next year to be as beneficial for the Library community as last year.

So now it’s time to fundraise!  We’d love some fresh ideas from our Friends!

We’d like to remind you that 89% of all donations go towards Library Programs, Museum Passes, and the extras that the Friends do and purchase for the Library.  Most of the remainder goes to the annual membership drive mailing (printing and postage) which lets the Friends get the word out about the Library in order to receive needed donations.  Our Library is a great one and we appreciate your generous help and support.

Tracy White, Treasurer

Fred-the-Shed News

As part of the Library’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 13, the Friends hosted our fall closing of Fred-the-Shed with another $3 Big Bag O Books Sale along with our Fall Bake Sale.  This helps us clean out Fred-the-Shed for the winter as well as recycle all those wonderful books.  And the Friends have some incredibly good cooks, by the way… the Bake Sale was the best EVER!

We had lots of children’s books and a good collection of young adult and adult books this year.  There were DVDs, audio books, and music CDs.  Even a few video games.  Fred is an all-purpose, gently used media shed.

Fred-the-Shed is run by a wonderful group of volunteers who keep the doors open, the shelves stacked, and the books flowing.  The Friends are grateful to have their generous help.  If you have more books and media to donate, please save them until Fred re-opens in May, 2013.

Daune Haskell, Queen Bee of Fred-the-Shed

Library Director’s Report

Dear Friends,

I am optimistic as we begin a new fiscal year!  Now open 51 hours, our next step is to investigate the possibility of opening on Sundays.  The Library now has a brand new look as the carpeting in the adult and children’s room areas has been replaced.  We have taken your survey responses very seriously and will try to implement as many of your wonderful suggestions as our budget permits.  For example, we will be offering new key cards as requested by our patrons.

We welcome Angela White, our new Adult Services Librarian.  Angela comes to us from the Saugus Public Library where she worked in reference with adults and young adults.  Angela has a strong background in history as well as other amazing librarian talents.  Please be sure to give her a great big Norwell welcome.

Progress depends on worker bees, to whom we are incredibly grateful.  The Foundation and the Friends need your help.  The Library also needs volunteers.  Not only do we have a great team working behind the scenes, but ideas and projects are always simmering.  Please come add your expertise to the flavorful pot!

The Library staff continues to provide new and better ways to make your experience at NPL rich and productive.  Please come in or visit www.norwellpubliclibrary.org  to catch up on new materials and service offerings.

I’m also excited to tell you about some wonderful programs coming to the Norwell Public Library this fall.  As you know, all programs are free and open to the public.  Please check our website for more detailed information.  You can register for any of our events by going to the Library’s calendar page at www.norwellpubliclibrary.org or by calling 781-659-2015.  Please share this information… pass it on!

Monster Movie Matinee:    ‘Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed’ (rated PG)
Wednesday, October 24,  2:00-3:30PM    Meeting Room

Tuesday, October 30,  7:00-9:00 PM        Meeting Room

Minority of Mind     September 26th,  7- 8:30 pm with  Author Ben Boone discussing his book and his battle with schizophrenia; a panel discussion will explore mental illness and how a family copes.

Rebecca Freer, Library Director

News from the Children’s Room

It’s been lively in the Children’s Room this summer!  Here are some highlights:

AWE, We Love You!

Thank you, Friends, for equipping the Children’s Room with a second AWE early learning station.  The kids love it!  With the option to use either the touch screen or a child-size mouse, children can easily find their way around more than 50 highly rated software programs in the areas of math, science, geography, reading, computer skills, research, and music/art. Dora the Explorer seems to be a particular favorite.  The AWE computer is marketed exclusively to libraries and schools, so you won’t see it anywhere else.  It is not connected to the Internet.  Come give it a try!

 “Dream Big—Read!”*

We were “dreaming big” this summer when NPL participated in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s “Dream Big—Read!” summer reading initiative.  This national collaboration provides a unified theme that local libraries can adapt for their own communities.  Massachusetts was honored to have Duxbury author/illustrator Brian Lies (of Bats at the Beach/Bats at the Library/and Bats at the Ballgame fame) chosen as the illustrator for the unique artwork developed for all of the program materials including bookmarks, reading logs, reading certificates, and stickers. The several hundred children who registered for NPL’s reading program were delighted with Lies’ nocturnal animals-themed materials. Those who completed the program by reading five books (or having five books read aloud to them) were eligible to participate in “Farm Visits,” a unique petting farm brought to the library through a grant from the Norwell Cultural Council.**

There was a lot of enthusiasm for the Youth Library Council-sponsored voting for a favorite charity, to which the YLC will donate money raised in bake sales during the past year. A tie vote resulted from all our readers, and so two nonprofit groups will each receive $75:  Scituate Animal Shelter and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Way to go, readers and Youth Library Council!

Thank You, Volunteers

We appreciate the time, talent, and enthusiasm offered by our adult volunteers this summer.  Christine Hudanich and her children developed templates for Story Time crafts and presented a workshop on how to make a Pop-Up Book. Christine also coordinated two wonderful donations to the Children’s Room:  a mural depicting a beach nighttime scene with the bats who are the “stars” of Brian Lies’ books, as painted by third-grade art students at the Vinal School, and a 3-foot-tall papier-mâché owl decoupaged with colorful paper on which children who attended our summer reading kick-off wrote down the titles of their favorite books. Art teachers Tabitha Finn and Kate Simpson, who created the mural and owl with their students, were enthusiastic supporters of our program!  For the seventh or eighth year running (I’ve lost count!), intrepid Cole School teacher Christine Austin, along with her daughter Tory, developed and presented a “dream catchers” workshop.  The talented singer/songwriter Les Sampou graciously prepared and presented an informative all-ages workshop on songwriting.

I can’t say enough good things about our 16 Youth Library Council members who together contributed 74 hours of their time to the Library this summer.  They could be seen reading stories and preparing crafts for Story Time, painting little faces at kick-off and finale events, stuffing popcorn bags, posing stuffed animals for pictures, assisting with special programs such as Lego Free Play (thank you, Russell Murphy!), and more.  These helpful volunteers’ efforts are very much appreciated!

Upcoming Programs for Children and Families

Looking ahead, our Library Story Time Fall Season starts Wednesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 20.  Each program starts at 10:30AM and runs for 45 minutes, including stories and a coloring or craft activity.  Adults and children (ages 3 – 5 years) participate together.  The Thursday Story Time repeats the Wednesday program.  Our Books & Bubbles/MamaSteph season (for babies and toddlers, with adults) begins on Friday, September 28, at 11:00AM.

On Monday, October 22, at 4:30PM, storyteller Diane Edgecomb presents her deliciously spooky “Once Upon a Halloween” (registration opens September 24).  Each of these high-quality programs is underwritten by The Friends.

Please visit our online Calendar often for additional program information and updates.

What I’m reading and recommending to upper elementary readers:

Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper and Wonder, by R. J. Palacio.

Happy Reading!

*Dream Big-READ! is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

** This program is supported in part by a grant from the Norwell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Nancy Perry, Children’s Librarian

Library Survey Results

The Library received nearly a 20% response to the survey that was conducted this past winter seeking input from every household in Norwell.  The goal of the survey was “…to determine where the library can make changes to improve services.”  The results of this survey have been posted on the Library’s website and a hard copy is available at the circulation desk.

Suggestions pointing out the need for increased space, more parking, improved interior lighting, etc. have been set aside and will be addressed as it becomes feasible.

Suggestions that are within the Library’s immediate capability and that will improve our services are being implemented.   Respondents underscored the need for the Library to improve marketing itself. To start to address this issue, regular Library notices about upcoming events, programs, new offerings, etc. are being forwarded to patrons who provide us with their email addresses. If you wish to be added to this mailing, please call the Library at 781-659-2015 or see the Library website at www.norwellpubliclibrary.org    Notices are also being posted in the local newspapers and on the government access cable channel.

Signage was another issue needing attention.  Plans are underway to install a larger and more visible sign on the access road.  Within the building, new overhead signs and signs within the stacks have already been strategically located.

Respondents wanted consistency and continuity relative to operating hours.  The Library will continue to be open 6 days per week, adhering to the same hourly framework as per this past fiscal year.  As expected, a significant number wanted weekend hours expanded.  Please be aware that the Director and Trustees are exploring funding and staffing issues with the goal of offering Sunday hours.

As another immediate improvement, the Library is now offering library cards that can be attached to your key chain: keytag library cards.  There is more to come, but let’s save that for the next newsletter.  Once again, the trustees and staff of the Library wish to thank everybody who participated in this survey.

Henry Goldman, For the Library Trustees

Wellfleet OysterFest Weekend Raffle

The Friends raffled a weekend at the Wellfleet OysterFest, October 13-14.  The raffle goal was to help fund the new AWE computer for the Norwell Public Library children’s area.

Prize included up to 3 nights in a beautiful private home:  2 BR, 2 B, sleeping for 4-6 people, fully equipped kitchen, sauna, deck, outdoor barbecue.  Close to Lieutenants Island, Audubon trails, and great restaurants. Included is a Cape Cod themed gift basket and $25 gift certificate to PB Boulangerie Bistro.  Accommodations for Friday night, 10/12 through Monday morning, 10/15.

Tickets were purchased for $10 at Norwell Public Library, Buttonwood Books in Cohasset, and from our roving band of ticket sellers at Stop and Shop in Norwell, Shaws in Hanover, Foodies Market in Duxbury, and at local Norwell events.  Drawing was held September 14th at the NPL.

In addition to having lots of the world’s best bivalve, this two day family weekend festival annually features music, beach walks, and activities for kids. The free children’s area included a moon-bounce, pumpkin decorating, face painting, oyster jewelry making, a steel drum workshop, sing-a-longs and more. There is also an oyster shucking contest and over 90 regional artisans selling their crafts.

Visit  wellfleetoysterfest.org  to learn more about the Festival.

News You Can Use

The Coastal Printmakers 4th Annual Show to benefit the James Library:  Moonstruck

October 5 – 30, A festive exhibition of hand-pulled artist prints inspired by the moon, sky and stars. Most of the works will be offered for sale.

In conjunction with this show:  Saturday, October 20 from 4-8 p.m.

Join the South Shore Astronomical Society for a free “Star Party” to observe sunspots, the planets and constellations through their telescopes. Held next door to the James in the First Parish Church parking lot, 24 River St. This special sky event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. The James Gallery will be open during this star gazing event.

24 West Street, Norwell, MA          781-659-7100
OPEN  Tuesday-Friday 1–5 pm   Saturday 10 am–1 pm

The Norwell Council on Aging Sept/Oct 2012 Newsletter is online


NPL Access to Consumer Reports Online

The Norwell Public Library has many wonderful reference resources which are conveniently available online.  One of these is free access to Consumer Reports product evaluations.  Before you make an important purchase you may wish to log onto the Library website and explore Consumer Reports.

Local Health News

As you may be aware, this has been a particularly bad year for the West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, and EEE.  Residents of Norwell have been diagnosed with Lyme disease which is borne by ticks.  With the killing frost in mid-October, the Norwell Police Department sent out an email indicating that the risk from mosquito borne disease has been reduced.  You may be interested to read more about the topic and visit the Norwell School Department websites:


By the way, Plymouth County Mosquito Control will spray your property if you request it.  They did not perform aerial spraying of Norwell this year.  Note that they also maintain a “Do Not Spray” list, if that is your preference.   Go to   http://www.plymouthmosquito.com/    for more information.


The Friends of the Norwell Public Library is a non-profit group of volunteers who work together to raise funds for and give financial assistance to the Norwell Public Library so that it may improve its services, resources, and role in the community.

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