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Candidate statements for 2017 Westborough Trustees of Public Library elections

Here are statements for the candidates running for the 2017 Westborough Trustees of Public Library. Only three positions are open, making this a contested race. The candidates are:

You may also find of interest this recording by Westborough TV for the Feb 26 “Meet the Candidates Night“, held at The Willows, and sponsored by the Westborough Town Democratic Committee.

Patricia Fontes

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

My name is Patricia Fontes. I am running for re-election to be a Trustee of the Westborough Public Library

My husband and I have been residents of Westborough since 1985. I have earned a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science and retired as a public school librarian in 2012. I currently work part-time in a private school in Shrewsbury.

I am running for Library Trustee because I feel strongly about the importance of the Public Library in our community. Our library provides essential services for every resident of Westborough and offers these services in a cost effective manner.

As a Trustee, I feel it’s my job to promote the Library and the many programs it offers to improve the quality of life in our Town. Thanks to our Public Library, every Westborough resident can borrow the latest best sellers, access the Internet, complete assignments from elementary to graduate school. The Library also promotes the development of small businesses, engages teens in literacy activities, offers repair clinics for household items, promotes cultural activities through its free pass program and creates a sense of community through its “Screen on the Green” and other community events. These services are essential to the well-being of Westborough residents and to the community as a whole.

In order to serve our community better, the Library is exploring the possibility of renovation and expansion. The Library has applied for a substantial grant from the Commonwealth to rebuild and renovate the Library building. Should we receive that grant, I will join the other Library Trustees, Friends of the Westborough Public Library and other Library supporters in requesting l funds to create a library facility that will serve the Town well for at least the next 30 years.

I would appreciate your vote on March 7 so that I can continue to work on behalf of the Town and its wonderful Library.

Patricia J. Fontes, M.S., Ed; M.S.L.I.S.

Bill Linnane

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

Hello from Bill Linnane

Bill is running for the 3 year term of LIBRARY TRUSTEE

His overall experience as a Planner– Engineer – Organizer and his LONG TIME SUPPORT of the Westborough Public Library make him the best candidate for this position.

In recent years he has assisted the Director and Board as a

  • Member of  Strategic Planning effort
  • Assisted in Recommendations of Building Updates
  • Helped in Contract and Legal Recommendations

Bill is an advocate of the LIBRARY and considers it the HUB OF WESTBOROUGH

His decision to run is primarily based on the following:

  • Broaden the makeup of the Trustee‘s committee by making it more diverse
  • To Assist the Trustees regarding decisions related to
    • Architectural & Construction items, and to
  • Enhance the HUB of the Community

His GOALS are to:

  • Accomplish Existing Needs
  • Ensure Strategic Plan is accomplished
  • Support the Director’s Plans

His CREDENTIALS include:

  • 60 years of residency (4th generation)
  • Experience of 50 years in Management and Engineer & Construction  that will bring new ideas and perspectives
  • Community involvement that includes the Westborough Rotary Club (Past Secretary), and Civic Club
  • Participation in following Organizations:
    • Westborough TV, (Past Chairman)
    • Three time Student Mentor in the Charlotte Spinney Scholarship Program (and Board Member).
  • Past assignments include
    • Town Finance Committee, Youth Group, Building Committee, and others

Bill would appreciate YOUR SUPPORT, and SEEKS YOUR VOTE on March 7

Bill Linnane

Dorothy Mello

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

My passion for literature drew me to run for the post of Library Trustee in 2008, but the library is so much more than a collection of books. Over the last nine years, we have seen the collection grow and the number of patrons visiting our library increase. People come to borrow the books, and a whole lot more:

  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Yard games
  • A telescope
  • Museum passes

Even as I write this, the list is growing !

Trustees support the implementation of programs for all by overseeing the library budget and policy decisions.

Children come to play in the Children’s Room, listen to stories, and participate in craft programs. Teens enjoy their own space and appropriate programs led by a full-time librarian who even works late during January and June exam time to allow students to access the library ’til 11PM, a very popular program.

Our Westborough Room and its dedicated librarian have peered into Westborough’s past with amazing results that have been catalogued locally and on the state level, adding much to the Westborough 300th Birthday.

Programs for adults run from book clubs and movies to learning lectures. Live authors visit to share their works. All are free and open to the public.

Digital technology enables patrons to obtain homework help, utilize variety of data bases and follow their favorite magazines at no additional cost.

We have a library director to pull it all together, keep us current in the world of libraries, and secure grants to enhance our financial resources and spearhead a plan for the future of our library as a hub of the town. We hope to receive a state grant to expand the library and its infrastructure to meet the ever-growing needs of our citizens for more access to technology, more meeting space, and larger specialty rooms, and additional computer and technical equipment to accommodate the growing population of the town and its varying needs.

Over the past three terms as a Trustee, I have served as secretary and as a member of the Library Building Committee. In this role, we have studied other libraries and their programs to enable us to provide you with the most up to date library possible. I would appreciate your vote to allow me to continue to work on your behalf for the library and its programs.

Sincerely,

Dorothy Mello

Eric Waite

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

It has been said that a room without a book is like a body without a soul (Cicero). Another hath claimed that only the educated are free (Epictetus).

What these two ancient thoughts have in common, is the belief in the sanctity of self-improvement. A public library is the physical embodiment of the idea that “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole”. A community can pool its resources and make those resources — be they books, access to the internet, museum passes, Bocce set, periodicals, a Media Maker space, etc. —  free and accessible to the public. In essence, we members of the community each give a little in the way of our taxes, and get back that that is priceless.

My name is Eric Waite and I am running for a seat on the Library Board of Trustees. As a former president of the Friends of the Library, and long time member of the same, I am keenly aware of the amazing resources we have at our library.

I hope to serve with the Board as they steer the library through a much needed renovation and expansion. The library of tomorrow, for example, may have a few less books (although
physical books will — I hope — always be part of the library experience), and the space that was once occupied by stacks will be used for collaborative work spaces. There are other big and exciting changes coming, for libraries are too smart to not adjust to the times, as well as to the needs and desires of those they serve.

Having extensive experience as a volunteer (e.g. current Board Member of the Westborough Community Land Trust, member of the Armstrong School Council, former member and Christmas tree schlepper for the Westborough Civic Club), I know that the outstanding work the library does can only continue if dedicated and enthusiastic citizens step up to lend a hand.

I will be able to take my background as an educator, coupled with what I have come to know of Westborough over the nearly 18 years that I have lived here and, hopefully, serve as a member on your Library Board of Trustees.

thank you,

Eric Waite

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Westborough Library’s March Movie for Adults is “Bridge of Spies” Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 am & 6:30 pm

The Westborough Public Library’s monthly movie for adults will be the Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, “Bridge of Spies”, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

In this historical drama set during the Cold War, a Brooklyn attorney (Tom Hanks) is tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange between an American pilot who was shot down over the USSR and a Soviet spy serving a 45-year sentence for espionage against the U.S. Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Please feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050

Let’s nominate our librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Nominate a librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

ilml2015-hires-finalLibrarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day.  If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Nominations will be open until September 28.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

[Here is the link to Nominate a Public Librarian– webmaster]

The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

It is administered by The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world.

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[webmaster note:  The info pages mention this point: “If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible.”   What say you, Westborough people?]

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks performance @ Library, Tue Jul 14, 7PM

Come and Escape the Ordinary!

The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks by Fran Baron at the Westborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm, as part of the adult summer reading program.

On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

An edutainment production, the show will feature Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli, Jr. in multiple roles. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie and deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn’t she? You be the judge at the Westborough Public Library on July 14.

Lynne Moulton has performed several roles for Delvena Theatre including her IRNE nominated Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sissy in Piece of My Heart and also for numerous other theatre companies in the New England area. She received her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art under the direction of Sir Robert Palmer and at Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Joseph Zamparelli, Jr., is an actor, director and producer. A graduate of Boston College (Psychology/Theater Arts), he went on to the professional training program at Circle in the Square Theater School in NYC. In addition to commercial film and television work, he is Producing/Artistic Director of BostonAlive.

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.~ The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.~ Its production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production.~ Presentations of ‘Anna Weiss’ and ‘Beyond Therapy’ were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and ‘Blue Heart’ was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Escape the Ordinary is sponsored by the Westborough Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Friends of the Westborough Library. For more information, contact the Library at (508) 366-3050.

Shred Day 2015 – Apr 25 @ Library

The Westborough Public Library is holding a Shred Day, on Saturday, April 25 from 12pm – 2pm in the parking lot between the library and the Congregational Church of Westborough.

The event is being sponsored by Harvey Waste Removal and Recycling and Central One Federal Credit Union.

You can safely get rid of your unwanted personal paperworkold tax statements, bank/investment records, etc.

A mobile shred truck will be on site to shred your documents. They will not take phone books, catalogs, binders, or magazines.

There will be a limit of 3 paper shopping bags per person.

This event is free. Please call the library at 508-366-3050 for more information.