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Wandering Librarian: Wilton Library Association

Wandering inland I found myself in Wilton, CT and decided to visit the Wilton Library Association (AKA the public library). Housed in a modern 1 floor building, the public floor wraps around 2 courtyards. There was a noticeable lack of directional signage although the simple floor plan made it easy to navigate the library.

Upon first entering the building, I was immediately drawn to the children’s room. How could I miss it with its artistic doorway beckoning me in? It was one of the more impressive children’s rooms I’ve seen in my wanderings; lovely local art throughout, a fish tank & low kid friendly shelving.

Past the children’s room is the innovation station. For a small library they are well equipped with MakerBot 3-D printer, an iMac with Final Cut Pro, a PC with Adobe Creative Cloud, a digital scanner, a VHS to DVD converter, a Cricut Die Cutter, soldering stations, 3D Doodlers, and an electronic sewing machine.

A couple of other things I noticed during my visit:

  • 1 Polaris self checkout machine
    • media case self unlocking device
  • Translation of call numbers posted on book shelves
  • No cafe that I saw
  • Great puzzle collection available for checkout
  • Electric vehicle charging station in parking lot
  • Nice book displays throughout

My overall impression of the library is that it is very tidy and neat and covers patrons’ basic needs and managing to stay up-to-date on the technology library trends.



Wandering Librarian: South End Branch

IMG_20151008_101804Last summer, mixing work and play, I decided to embark on a story time tour of various libraries. Getting a word-of-mouth recommendation from a fellow mother, the South End Branch was on our list.

Like many smaller libraries, the South End Branch was unobtrusive and downright difficult to find. Entering what was once a school building, via the parking lot, we finally located the branch.

The next fantastic 1 1/2 hours made the search worth it. The  consideration of the staff for the morning program created a friendly and fun morning for the kids. The fact that the library was closed except for story time attendees helped in creating a great program. A mix of singing, free play, stories and snacks made this experience a definite repeat for this wandering librarian.

IMG_20151008_102741While limited in space and resources, the South End Branch manages to offer basic services to their community. Technology wise they have computers, internet, printers and cash-operated copiers. The collections shows the care which was taken in selecting materials suited for their diverse community. The staffs’ knowledge of their patrons’s names further exemplified the South End Branch’s commitment to excellent service. All in all, the South End Branch provided a delightfully intimate library experience for me and my family.


Wandering Librarian: Harry Bennett Branch

harry bennet libraryAs a new mom, I finally attended my first story time.  The Harry Bennett branch of the Ferguson Library System in Stamford, CT had the honor of being my first. I arrived early to scope out the library.

For a Friday it was pretty busy. The building is 1 story with most of the stacks being on a lower level with the children’s area. The children’s area was easily accessible with a cumbersome stroller via a ramp. The highlight of the children’s area was a tablet petting zoo & circular amphitheater type play area.

hand sanitizerAnother highlight of the branch is the part-time passport services which is a hallmark of the Ferguson Library System. For me though, the hand sanitizers strewn throughout the building were the real highlights.

All in all, your average quaint small library branch that fits the community’s basic needs; books, movies, internet access, computer access, story time,  and bathrooms.