Library Improvement Concept Plans Now Available

 

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The Swampscott Library Trustees engaged the community to learn what residents needed in the library over the next 10 years.  Strategic goals are to address ideas and concepts learned from patron surveys, community meetings, and staff interviews.

  1. Better use of space within the existing library
  2. Better sightlines throughout the library
  3. Reduce congestion at the front door / circulation desk
  4. Reduce wait times to check out
  5. Increase staff support
  6. Better acoustics
  7. More space for quiet meetings / tutoring
  8. Better daylighting

The Ground Floor, when entering the library from Burrill Street, relocating the vestibule will reduce congestion and align the entrance with the back door that faces Town Hall parking.  Opening this area to include small meeting rooms, lower shelving, a café, and a light well into the Children Room below, will create better sightlines, reduce congestion, and locate the ramp in a more patron-friendly location.  As one walks into the Harris Room, two new patron restrooms will be provided along with low movable shelving in front of the existing French doors.  In the future, added space can be built over the brick patio outside the Children Room, creating a glass enclosed space that overlooks the ocean.

The original library space will create an e-Commons and collections space by relocating the Young Adult / Teen Area to the Lower Level.

The Lower Level, known as downstairs, will be connected by the existing stair with proposed new windows for better sightlines and daylighting.  At the bottom of the stairs, the new Young Adult / Teen Space will be coupled with a new Teen Librarian Office to support young patrons and programs.  Between the Young Adult Area and the Children Room will be a Maker Space enclosed in glass for good sightlines and connection.  The Children Room will take advantage of a light well located above the existing ramps, and a new centrally located circulation desk to create better sightlines and connection to our youngest patrons.  The Toddler Room will be enclosed with glass to allow the same spatial feel with an acoustically separated space.  In the future, on Children’s brick patio space a new glass enclosed space can be built below the new added Ground Level Space.

These modifications, and any added space, can be completed in phases over time as funding allows; or all at once if funds become available.

Family Law during the Covid-19 crisis

These links may be useful for those who need help with issues of domestic violence, child support, custody and visitation rights. Also check our Family Law podcast with local attorney Sherry Smith.

Greater Boston Legal Services, Northeast legal services, Mass.gov, The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Hawc.

The Trial Courts can be reached at their helpline, 1-833-91COURT. It is available Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year

The Friends of the Swampscott Public Library have chosen Betty Redstone to be their Volunteer of the Year for 2019. Betty, shown here on the right with Friends President Gail Brock, has been an invaluable help with many Friends programs, especially their annual Book Sale. She has also taken on the double task of being the Friends Secretary and the Assistant Treasurer. Thank you Betty for all you do for us!

Find your next great book at BookBrowse

Free access to BookBrowse for Swampscott Library borrowers!
Find your next great book with this interactive magazine for booklovers.

BookBrowse offers:

  • Reviews, recommendations and excerpts.
  • Browsing by genre, time period, geographical setting and theme.
  • Handpicked “If you like this, try these” recommendations for thousands of authors and books.
  • Resources for book clubs including recommended reads by theme, reading guides & online book club discussions.
  • One-click links to [library name] to check if the book is available.

Click here to access BookBrowse.  BookBrowse is available to anyone from library computers.  It’s available to Swampscott residents with a library card and PIN number from home.

Meet Libby, the Newest OverDrive App

 

Libby is OverDrive’s new app for ebooks and audiobooks. Users can quickly and seamlessly access the same OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks as the website and original app. Libby works on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 and is currently available free through the Apple App Store, Google Play or Microsoft.  The App is not yet available for Kindles.

With Libby users can:
• Borrow and start reading or listening right away. No need to choose a format when downloading.
• Save multiple library cards to the app – for instance everyone in a family can have easy access to ebooks and audiobooks borrowed under their individual cards.
• Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library.
• Track a reader’s place in a book as well as what notes and bookmarks were created across all devices, allowing for a synced reading experience.

Download the App and try it today!

Lynn Beach Paintings – Prints available to be ordered!

E. A. Page- Coastal Scene

 

E. A. Page- Abandoned Dory

The Friends of the Library have had five of our Lynn Beach Paintings reproduced and they are currently available to be ordered.  The reproductions are on display in the library lobby so stop by and take a look at this lovely art work!

The Friends are selling giclee prints (high end digital reproductions) of the five library paintings shown here; three works by Edward A. Page, one piece by C.E.L. Green and one by Edward Burrill, all members of the Lynn Beach School of Painters.  This will be a limited run of only fifty (50) prints each. Prices will range from $150 for the smallest painting to $350 for the largest and the deposit due upon ordering will range from $50 to $100. The price includes the print only, no matting or frame is included.  The display copies have been matted and framed so that everyone can see what the finished product would look like.  Contact the library if you are interested in ordering a print: 781-596-8867 or  swa@noblenet.org.

C. E. L. Green – Figures along the coast

E. A. Page – Houses along the coast

E. Burrill – Coastal scene

BookFlix for Kids

The Swampscott Public Library has subscribed to a fun, new reading program that parents and young children can access from home. BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix is free for anyone using Library computers. It is free for Swampscott residents from home with a library card and PIN number.

Check some of our other online resources for children: