History of the Wethersfield Library

 

About the Library:

Library Hours

Monday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (October through May)

Your Library Card

As a resident of Wethersfield, you are entitled to a free library card. Apply for a Library Card Online. It's Free!

Use the Library from Home

We invite you to visit the Library at www.wethersfieldlibrary.org from anywhere that you use the Internet, you can check the catalog, use the online databases, ask a reference question, check your borrowing record or enews, reserve or request a book.

Use Libraries Statewide

Your Wethersfield library card can be used in any other public library in Connecticut through the ConnectiCard program. You may return the items you have borrowed to any Connecticut public library and the ConnectiCar delivery service will return them to the owning library.

The Collection

The Library collection begins with books and magazines to read but it includes much more.

  • Recorded books on tape, CD or downloadable from the Internet
  • Music CD’s
  • eBooks
  • DVDs and videos of feature fils, TV shows, and ‘how to do it’ demonstration
  • 255 magazine subscriptions

Reserves and Renewals

If what you want is checked out, we can reserve it for you. You can also place reserves online through our website, or by phone. You can renew the items you have borrowed in person, by phone or online. Ask for a bookmark that tells you how.

Email Services

You can give us your email address and we will send your notices including holds available for pickup, and items about to come due. You can also sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, Word by Word, as well as email letters highlighting new and interesting books that match your reading interests.

Book It for Me!

No longer wonder if you’ve missed a new book by one of your favorite authors. Pick from our list of popular fiction authors and we will automatically place a reserve for you on each new title as it arrives.

Museum Passes

The Library has passes to loan for free or reduced rate admission to a large list of area museums. This service is underwritten by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. Ask for a brochure.

Fast Lane

In a hurry? Read in the fast lane? You’ll love this collection. Extra copies of best sellers are bought for the Fast Lane collection. These copies can’t be reserved, can’t be renewed, and have a one week loan. That keeps them moving and that means there is something new and exciting to read every time you visit the Library.

Programs

For Adults— Computer classes, book discussions, writing workshops, author appearances, public issues forums, concerts.

For Children— Summer reading clubs, storyhours, book discussions, crafts, music.
Ask at the service desks for current information on programs for all ages.

 

Library Director

Administrative Team

Friends of the Library

Library Budget

Library Board

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Library Director

What does the Library Director do?

The Library Director is responsible for the day to day administration of the library and for implementing the policies formulated by the Library Board.  The Library Director attends all Library Board meetings.  The Director acts as the technical advisor to the Board, serving as the “library expert”, informing the Board about state and national library developments. 

The Library Director and the Library Board work together to develop a library that meets the needs of Wethersfield.

To whom does the Library Director report?

The Library Director reports to the Library Board and keeps the Town Manager informed about library issues.  The Library Director meets regularly with both the Board and the Town Manager.

Who is the Library Director?

The Library Director is Brook Berry. Brook holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Please let her know of your library concerns. 

You can reach her at 860-257-2810.  Her email address is: brookberry@wethersfieldlibrary.org

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Administrative Team

Wethersfield Library
Administrative Team

Library Director
Brook Berry

Adult Services Manager
Pam Kelly

Children’s Services Manager
Regina Aleksandravicius

Collection Services Manager
Celia Allison

Office Manager
Elaine Zieller

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Library Budget

How is the Library funded?

As a department of the Town of Wethersfield, the Library’s operating budget is funded by the Town of Wethersfield from property tax revenues.  The Library Director and the Library Board prepare an annual budget which is submitted to the Town Manager.  The Town Manager then recommends an annual budget for the Library to the Town Council who determine the final budget proposal.

How can I make a gift to the Library?

Gifts can be made to the Wethersfield Library. 

A donation to the Wethersfield Library is a fitting way to honor or remember an individual and to benefit the community.

Funds received as gifts are under the control of the Library Board and do not reduce the Library operating budget.

Donations made to the Wethersfield Library are

tax-deductible.

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Library Board

The Wethersfield Library Board is a town commission composed of nine members which reports to the Town Council.

What is the Wethersfield Library Board?

The Wethersfield Library Board is a town commission composed of nine members which reports to the Town Council.

What does the Library Board do?

The Library Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the library director, planning for the Library’s future, formulating the policies that govern the internal operation and services of the Library and for reviewing those policies on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the Board to secure adequate funds to carry out the Library’s mission. The Board also determines expenditures of all library gifts, grants, memorials and endowments.

How do people get on the Board?

The members of the Library Board are appointed by the Town Council for three year terms.

When does the Library Board meet?

The Library meets on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at 7 p.m. Agendas are posted on the Town website. The meetings are open to the public. The Board operates in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

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Friends of the Library

Who are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Wethersfield Library, Inc. is a non-profit all-volunteer organization.  It’s mission is to promote and support the Library through fundraising, advocacy, and sponsoring quality programs and services in alignment with the objectives of the Wethersfield Library

What do the Friends of the Library do?

The Friends raise funds through their membership dues, book sales and special projects.  The Friends provide funds for the children’s summer reading program and the museum passes and make special purchases of materials, services and equipment for the Library which are not possible within the Library’s annual operating  budget.

What is the Friends Executive Board?

The Executive Board is the Friends’ governing body.  It is made up of the officers of the Friends and other volunteers.  The Executive Board meets monthly. 

Who can belong to the Friends?

Any person can join the Friends by paying the annual dues.  The Friends hold an annual membership meeting each fall.

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