WENDELL FREE LIBRARY 2018 Annual Report

Hours: Tuesday 12-7; Wednesday 10-7; Thursday 3-7; Saturday 9:30-3:30; Sunday 11:30-3:30; Monday Herrick Room open for Internet use 12-5.

 

Librarian: Rosie Heidkamp; Assistant Librarian: Joy Brenneman

Trustees: Chair: Sylvia Wetherby, Board Members: Melissa Grader, Phyllis Lawrence, Judy Putnam, Kathleen Swaim, and Michelle Wilder.

 

FY 18 Statistics

Hours open per week: Average 26.9 (Summer - No Thursday or Sunday Hours)

Library users during open hours; 14,713

Number of Wendell Library items loaned directly to public: 26,953

Number of Inter Library Loans (ILL) provided to Wendell lib. Users: 3,531

Number of Wendell items sent via ILL to patrons of other libraries: 3,561

Number of program sessions offered by the library: 342

Number of non-library programs and events held at the library: 193

Number of attendees at all programs and events held at the Library: 3759

 

2018 Program Highlights: Year-round programs include: Monday Internet Access; Tuesday Adult Watercolor Group; Wednesday Pre-School Playgroup, Saturday & Sunday AA Group and SciFi Movie Nights; Fitness program series that ran October-May included Sunday Yoga and four choices of weekly strength and training classes. There was also a 12 week winter series of Self Breema exercise. Program highlights include Vegetables Lacto-Fermentation, Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators, Health Soils, Healthy Gardens, and also Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, complete with live owls, eagles, and hawks. In the fall there were two workshops addressing the issue of racism in Wendell/America, out of which has developed an ongoing group. We are thankful to the Friends of the Library and the Wendell Cultural Council for sponsoring much of this programing. We are also grateful to the citizens who volunteered their time and expertise to teach classes at the library.

Art Exhibits included “Still-Life”, oil paintings by Clifton Hunt; “A Retrospective”, mixed media paintings as well as small sculptures, by Dick Baldwin, founder and former chair of the Wendell Library Art Committee as well as beloved late partner of assistant librarian, Joy Brenneman; “Thrones”, mixed media paintings by Anan Zorba and photographs by Natasha Hanna. Mez Ziemba’s mixed media 3D collage & poetry “Assemblages” was featured in the glass case followed by a spinning and weaving display by Wendell weaver Dvora Cohen. In addition the library was honored to exhibit major works by the late Wendell watercolor artist and naturalist, Bob Ellis. Fourteen of his paintings were originally owned by conservationists, Ina & Mason Phelps, and subsequently by MA Audubon, who generously donated them to the Library. An additional painting was donated by Pam Richardson, author of A Wendell History. Remarkably, all but two of the paintings on exhibit were offered for sale, and sold, at a September reception with proceeds to benefit the Wendell Library.

Summer Reading Program for kids featured an 8'x8' interactive mural called Libraries Rock, an out sized vertical game board that had participants’ game players make their way to the top of a mountain, advancing with each book read. The game was created by Shutesbury artist Deb Wider and Library Director Rosie Heidkamp.

Friends of the Library once again generously provided funds for much of our programing as well as museum passes, tech tutors, and so much more. In 2018 the Friends underwrote Phase I of a major landscape project under the guidance of Wendell Tree Warden and landscape designer, Corine Baker. With the help of volunteers a number of one inch caliper trees were planted around the library and along the playground, including three Valley Forge Elms, a Red Sunset Maple, a Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), a Black Gum (Nyssa Sylvatica), and a Serviceberry (Amelanchier). Sadly a beloved venerable sugar maple that stood for a century or more in front of what had been the town hall then the town center school, the town offices/senior center and eventually the library, was removed due to extensive rot and breaking apart limbs. It is hoped that with time the new trees will shade thebuilding and the playground and endear themselves, as the maple had, to generations of Wendell citizens yet to come.

Respectfully submitted, 

Rosie Heidkamp, Library Director