Category Archives: A Message from the Director

From the Director: Story Time

Today I had the wonderful experience of reading to the preschoolers from the Woodstock Christian Child Care center. The 3, 4 & 5 year-olds were bundled up against the cold when they arrived after their walk from the Congregational Church. As soon as the coats, hats, scarves, boots and mitts were off they flew around […]

From the Exec. Dir.: Holiday Time at the Library

On behalf of all of us at the Norman Williams Public Library I would like to wish all of our library patrons of all faiths a joyous holiday season! This time of year when the days are so short, and the nights so long, the public library can offer a warm, bright, lively space. Stop […]

Thank you for making #GivingTuesday a resounding success

Tuesday was #GivingTuesday in Woodstock and all over the globe. The website describes the day as “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the […]

#GivingTuesday on Nov 28 – Matching Gifts for NWPL

In celebration of #GivingTuesday on November 28th Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering to support the Norman Williams Public Library and other nonprofits. On #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $50,000 of funds raised for NWPL on Facebook. Facebook is also waiving its […]

A Note of Thanksgiving From the Director

I hope I can adequately express to you how happy I felt during the welcome reception given for me by the Friends of the Norman Williams Public Library on Monday, November 13th. It was inspiring and uplifting to see the Reading Room filled with such bright energy and beautiful smiles on a dark, wintry afternoon. […]

From the ED: Colonialists vs. Red Coats on the Mezz

This week I am thrilled to announce that NWPL has been loaned a one-of-a-kind, large-scale Revolutionary War chess set! The colonialist side is represented by blue chess pieces with George and Martha Washington serving as our “King” and “Queen” pieces. The British side has “Red Coats.” Bill Yates, a former 5th grade teacher from South […]

From the ED: Announcing new Programs Librarian

Please join me in congratulating Danelle. She has received a promotion and will take on the newly created, full-time role of NWPL Adult Services/Programs Librarian. Danelle will continue to serve on the adult circulation desk several days per week and very soon she will also work several days each week on NWPL adult programs. Danelle […]

From the ED: NWPL has a new addition!

I want to say a huge thank you to Ken Woodhead who has created a unique and beautiful rocking horse bench for our children’s garden. Another huge thank you goes to the Woodstock Garden Club who generously provided a grant to make the bench possible. And another thank you is due Charlet Davenport who has graciously agreed to […]

From the ED: New England Library Leadership Symposium

If you haven’t seen me around Woodstock, or in the library this week, there’s a good reason for that. This week I write to you from the New England Library Leadership Symposium in North Andover, Massachusetts. I had the great honor to be one of three Vermont library directors selected to attend this symposium. I […]