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History of Wethersfield Library
by Frances S. Shedd

History of Public Libraries in Wethersfield
by John Crowe

 

A Library Treasure

Library Mural

“Map of the towne of Wethersfield, one of the State’s earliest
settlements on the plain along the west bank of the Connecticut River.”

The Library has a treasure on its wall.

In 1959 noted muralist Henrik Martin Mayer worked with the town’s building commission and the architects of the new town hall/library complex to create a mural that would memorialize the importance of history to the community and celebrate the diverse knowledge that the Library provides to its residents.

The mural incorporates a map of Wethersfield in the olden days. To the left of the map are representations of the ten original settlers, and to the right is a multi-generational, multi-racial group of people representing various forms of culture and knowledge, literature, music, and science.

Many people wonder if ours is a WPA mural. It does look similar to many created under the Works Progress Administration, which provided employment to many out work artists during the Depression. Since our building dates from 1959 ours is not a WPA mural , but in fact Mayer was the first painter to receive a mural commission in Indiana under the WPA’s Federal Art Project.

About the Artist

Henrik Mayer took his art training at the Manchester Institute of Art in New Hampshire and the Yale School of Fine Art, from where he earned a B.F.A.  Among his teachers were Maud Briggs Knowlton and mural specialist Eugene Savage.  In 1931, he studied in Europe as a Winchester Fellow, and the following year he married Jessie Hull, whose birth place was New Haven and whom he met at Yale when they were both art students.

He accepted a teaching position in New York City, and also served as designer and decorator of the New York Cosmopolitan Club including an octagonal room, a job in which he was assisted by his wife.  In 1934 he moved with Jessie to Indianapolis where he became Assistant Director at the John Herron Art Institute. 

To supplement his income, Mayer filled mural commissions, becoming the first painter to receive a mural commission in
Indiana under the WPA's Federal Art Project.  One of his murals is at the post office building in Lafayette, Indiana, the result of
a competition in which his wife, entering as Jessie Hull Mayer, was the runner-up choice. 

In 1946 the Mayers moved to Essex, Connecticut where Henrik became Director of the Hartford Art School of the Wadsworth Athaneum.  In 1956, he became Dean of the Art School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut, a position he held until 1963.  He also served as Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Henrik Mayer died in 1972. The artist’s widow Jessie Mayer said the library mural was one of many that her husband painted,
including three large outdoor mosaics at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and another mosaic at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. "He always did a great deal of research before he started, to find out about the historic interest," Jessie Mayer said.

AskART: the artists’ bluebook-WorldWide Edition. April 19, 2008. Sources include: Judith Vale Newton and Carol Ann Weiss, Skirting the Issue, 102-110
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art. http://www.askart.com/
The Wethersfield
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The Ten Original Settlers
Also known as “The Ten Adventurers”
515 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109

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History of Wethersfield Library by Frances S. Shedd

 

One hundred and sixty-three years ago, in March 1783, a group of Wethersfield citizens met formally to establish the town's first library.

No doubt they felt this to be an important occasion for the leading men of the village as well as many of the lesser folk were present. Mr. Ezekiel Williams, Schoolmaster, representing perhaps the more literary element, Mr. Joseph Webb and 'Mr. John Chester, those keen-minded men of business, and Senator Stephen Mix Mitchell, also judge of the Superior Court, whose knowledge of the law might prove valuable in formulating the proper framework for this new venture.

There must have been much argument and weightly deliberation before a constitution, approved by everyone, was eventually drawn up; and since the town's best legal experience and business acumen had a large part in preparing this document it is not strange that the result was ponderous and rather terrifying.

As finally presented, the Union Society Library, as it was known, was to be a subscription library, its subscribers being shareholders in the corporation. An initial subscription of twenty shillings and annual dues of forty shillings entitled subscribers to library privileges, subject to the approval of the directors.

No mention is made of circumstances that, in the eyes of the governing board, might disqualify a townsman from becoming a member of the Library Society and we can only wonder as to whether their yardstick was moral, social or financial.

An applicant who was rejected by the directors might take an appeal to the membership at large.

Colonel John Breeme and Dr. Josiah Hart acted as a sort of informal Executive Committee and Mr. Ezekiel Williams was elected treasurer.

The Library was to be open to the fortunate ones for two hours every other Saturday afternoon.
 
With a sort of puritanical logic the length of time allowed for rending a selected book was dependent upon the size of the volume. Thus a large book might be kept for eight weeks while a smaller one must be returned in a month; and to further the definite use of each book still another directive was added. Taking into account the fact that some people were more rapid readers than others, it was provided that by obtaining an order from any three directors, a member might take out two folios or four duedecimos for a period of four weeks. Strict penalties were imposed for damages to books and all privileges were canceled until fines were paid.

To us of the present day whose motto is "more books for more people", the restrictions that hedged about the first Library seem almost prohibitive; but since the collection numbered only about 400 volumes no doubt stringent regulations were necessary to preserve as carefully as possible this all too scanty store of knowledge.

Mr. Sherman Adams tells us in Stiles "History of Wethersfield" that several copies of this early constitution and by-laws are still in existence but I have been unable to verify this statement. It is possible that a copy might be found among our own Historical Society papers, perhaps in those formerly belongings to Mr. Benjamin Adams.

This first Library, according to the records of the High Street School district, was housed in the upper room of its schoolhouse, which was, in those days, a white wooden building placed to-the south and east of a later brick structure.

In 1811 it was moved to land belonging to the Otis Stillman heirs and to a spot near where the brick building now stands in which several of us here, I imagine, received our earliest schooling.

The gradual development of our libraries may well be used as a sort of measuring rod for the cultural changes that have taken place over our whole country.

Our first Library was made up almost entirely of religious and philosophical works with hardly a novel among them. Life was a serious business in those days and its horizons were limited. There were probably no books for children and the use of books by adults was so bound around with red tape as to make their study a difficult adventure.

Today even the most inconsiderable village library makes a brave attempt at having a diversified collection of books, including of course, the juvenile classics and sorts of devices are used to lure readers to their shelves where information may be had free for the asking.

No mention is made of the number of borrowers or the book of circulation of the early days but it is not surprising to find that interest in a Library of this type finally weakened so that in 1850 the Library closed its doors and its books were sold at auction.

For about fifteen years the town was without Library service but in 1866 a new impetus was given to the dormant interest in cultural life. Mr. Chauncey Rose of Terre Haute, a former resident of Wethersfield, offered to the Library Society the sum of $3,000 provided the town would raise $500 more.

With such an incentive a campaign for funds was started and donations of e both money and books finally made available a library of about 1600 volumes. This was still a subscripti6n library and membership dues were placed at two dollars for women and three dollars for men. The reason for this discrimination is, of course, open to conjecture but, being a woman, I prefer to think of it as a simple recognition of woman's neatness and respect for the property of others.

The Rose Library, as it was called, had its home, according to history, "in the second story of the building on the corner next south of the Congregational Church" and in 1872 it was moved to the upper room of the Congregational Chapel. It was during its occupancy of this room that the Library finally became free to the general public, as we know it today. In 1893, after much deliberation, this forward-looking move was decided upon and its first record reads as follows: "At a legally warned town meeting the town of Wethersfield did adopt the following by-laws, to be known as the Public Library by-laws:

(1) A public library is hereby established which shall, under proper regulations, be free to all the inhabitants of the town.

(2) The number of directors shall be nine.

(3) The amount to be annually expended by the town for the maintenance and increase of the Public Library shall be a sum not to exceed $100.

It is difficult to imagine today how such a sum could in any way satisfy the reading needs of a town even as small as the Wethersfield of that day but I remember vividly the interest this new venture aroused. There must have been a large enrollment of early borrowers for although I hoped to be among the first to register, examination shows my name to be well down on the list.

I have with me that early battered book thinking that some of you might care to look over the old names some of which I am sure will being back memories long forgotten.

Only one book at a time might be withdrawn and the lending period was two weeks. By this time a fairly representative assortment of books had been accumulated including a very few of the more recent publications. ¬

The first president of the Library Board was Rev. Mr. Teel and he was followed by Mr. Martin Griswold, Mr. J.O. Hurlburt, Mr. S.F. Willard, Mr. Wilfred W.Savage, Mr. E.O. Buck, Mr. Charles Calkins, Rev. T.C. Craig, Mr. Alec Stronach and Mr. Charles Even. Some of these, notably Mr. Willard, held this office many years.

In 1893, Mrs. John Belden was acting librarian and she held that position until 1895 when Miss Elizabeth Andrews was appointed to serve for six months at an annual salary of $50. The next year this was raised to $75 and the amount appropriated by the town for library purposes was placed at $200.

As the Library slowly expanded, expenses, of course, also grew and in 1896 it was rather naively voted that "any amount unexpended at the close of the current year be used for the purchase of books".

During this year Mrs. George Roberts became librarian and she served in that capacity for sixteen years until her death. She was followed by Miss Caroline Robbins, Mrs. Raymond Vosberg and Miss Belle Brigham.

In those days the position of Library Director was no mere small political plum to be handed out at strategic intervals to worthy voters.

It was an office often carrying with it hard work and much genuine sacrifice of time. Librarians continued for many years to be underpaid and too much responsibility could not be asked of them. Therefore the directors stepped into the breach. They bought the books, often prepared them for circulation and even acted as substitutes when the librarian could not be present.

The final move of the Library in 1940 to the Welles School was a comparatively simple affair.

Sketch of Welles School (now Keeney Cultural Center)
by Eleanor B. Wolf

One winter, dismayed at the sad condition of many of the books and knowing that money for rebinding was not available, two of the directors undertook to mend by hand all aging volumes. It was a monotonous task occupying all spare time for many months. One director finally fell by the way leaving a lone survivor to cope with what began to seem like a never-ending affair. I speak with feeling since I was that lone director.

No reference to this particular period would be complete without mention of the work of Miss Catherine Robbins. For many years she was the invisible power behind the librarian's desk and her services were many and varied. Miss Andrews also gave much help of the practical variety, often acting as substitute librarian.

A list of the directors who shaped the early fortunes of the Library includes many names held in happy memory by us all. In addition to those already mentioned were Mr. Frederick Griswold, Miss Mary Harris, Rev. George L. Clark and Mr. Philip Savage, to name only a few. Particular mention should be-made of Mr. Leslie E. Adams who for thirty-four years served as treasurer of the Board and whose continuing interest in the Library was shown at his death by a bequest in his will for the purchase of books.

In 1922, I took over the work of librarian. Perhaps the story of these not too distant days does not rightfully belong in a historical sketch; but after all we of today are helping to shape the history of tomorrow and to fill out the record of a few facts maybe of interest.

In those days there were probably some 5,000 volumes in workable condition on the shelves.

It is unfortunate that at that time no accurate accounts were kept of the number of books in use. We have registers containing lists of all our borrowers from 1892 to the present and records of all books-purchased during that time. A nostalgic note is injected into our present day enjoyment of reading as our eyes run down the earlier price lists and we realize that many worth-while book once to be bought for seventy-five cents cost us from two to three dollars.

Fortunately for us as working costs have advanced so has interest in good library service increased. The town has been waking up, gradually, as shown by increasing appropriations, to the value, even the necessity of a well-rounded public library.

We have many people from the city coming to live among us and they quite naturally expect some degree of good service. It is the aim of any worthwhile library to make that service as inclusive as possible and it is a problem that every librarian must meet -that of striking a right proportion between the so-called popular books, books of a short time appeal and those more enduring volumes, which should find a lasting place on the shelves.

It is interesting to note that our own library has expanded most widely in the fields of social science and pure science. Twenty-five years ago interest in social problems were confined very largely to those especially trained in that subject and scientific matter was something only for the really learned.  Today with its increased emphasis placed in schools, clubs and among all thinking on these problems that we are learning to realize effect each one of us, demand for material on such problems is increasing steadily. Crime, the Negro problem, immigration, taxation, population statistics and city planning are only a few of the subjects called for.

In the field of science more and more books are being produced for the ordinary reader. Their style and beautiful illustrations add to an easier understanding of what were once elusive subjects.

Referring to the old records, I find that in my first year of work, we bought 387 books. Today notwithstanding price increases we purchase each year over three times that number. Our list of magazines is also improved by addition and subtraction as the times demand and we have now over forty publications on our reading tables.

It was during those early 1920's that the change from the lower north room of the Academy Building to the upper floor was made. The delays and difficulties of that move are things best forgotten. The only pleasant memory of that hectic time is the thought of the willing help of a number of young High School students, many of them now parents of children old enough to be library patrons themselves. Without their aid the work of moving would have been much prolonged and late though it is, I record now publicly my gratitude for their friendly service.

Although of course in the intervening years our book stock had increased considerably no major problem was presented; it was simply a transferring of books already arranged in their old home to their new location in space carefully planned before hand. The opening in those rooms was a gala occasion for everyone except the three librarians. It was after midnight before the last card was filed and the last book replaced on the shelves.

As was prophesied before the change was made those rooms are already overcrowded and the Library Board is making an intensive study looking toward the possibility and probability of a new library building. In addition to our overflowing shelves the combination of school, public offices and library has not been a happy one. During the daytime, the noise and confusion incident to school life and in the evening the frequent public meetings create a situation anything but ideal for good library work.

Without doubt the presence of the Library in its building has added to the problems of Welles School.

Altogether it would seem that the question of new library quarters is on the way to become one of the town's major issues.

In December of 1933 the Wethersfield Library received a visit from Santa Claus. A letter from Yale University informed us that the University, in conjunction with an unknown donor, was presenting us with a collection of books as a memorial to the late Edward D. Robbins, a former Wethersfield resident, a Yale graduate and for many years a well-known corporation lawyer.

Many of you remember Mr. Robbins during the years he lived in Wethersfield and conducted his law practice in Hartford. My own recollections of him go back to my very youthful days and the awe I felt for his superior age and attainments. But through that awe I felt even then his very genuine interest in young people and their education for living.

His affection for the Library was well known and it seemed most fitting that after his death that feeling should take tangible form.

This first gift was made up of over 150 books and its value must have been close to $1,000.

The books were largely philosophical and historical with some travel and biography; and since the Yale imprint stands for a fine quality we have on our shelves many books found ordinarily only in large and very complete libraries.

Almost every year since that first date we have received a supplementary gift, not as large to be sure but of equally fine type and equally welcome. Some of the books have been too erudite for our present needs and they have been laid away until more space and a more scholarly approach makes them of value.

For many years the name of the secret donor remained a mystery but it was finally discovered that it was Mrs. Robbins who was taking that way to keep alive her husband's memory in the hearts of his early friends.

The Library has received other gifts not so large nor so valuable but timely and most gratefully accepted. The pioneer in this field was the Women's Saturday Afternoon Club that about ten years ago established a book fund in memory of its first president, Mrs. George L. Clark.

With this fund we were able to buy for the first few years only one book but by last year the amount had increased so that we added three very worthwhile volumes to our collection.

In 1944 the Rotary Club voted a sum of $50 to be expended on books dealing with various phases of South American life.

For the last two years the Wolcott Hill Community Association has sent us an annual check for $25 to be spent as we saw fit. It is to be noted that these gifts were form of money, leaving the Library free to make its own selections.

We welcome these gifts not only for the very real additions they bring to our shelves but also for the evidence they give of the growing interest of the town in library affairs.

It may not be generally known that the Connecticut Public Library Committee lays aside annually for each library in the state the sum of $100 for the purchase of books. Each library makes out its own list of books, which is sent to the committee for approval. For a number of years this sum was all that our Library had to depend on for its book supply. The making out of each list was a serious and weighty matter involving much study of publishers, booklets and visits to neighboring libraries.

We still depend on it for many books that we consider luxuries and beyond our ordinary budget.

Several of our townspeople have been thoughtful in offering us the overflow from their own personal libraries but in every case we have been
free to make our own selections and more than once these choices have proved to be the very books needed to fill a long-standing want. Through such public support, let us hope that our own Library may continue to grow and to be a source of pride to the town and even to the state.

This is a paper written by Miss Frances S. Shedd and read at the meeting of the Wethersfield Historical Society on November 4, 1946. Miss Shedd, who resigned as librarian in May 1946, after almost twenty-five years of service, has devotedly guided the library through the period of its greatest growth and development.


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History of Public Librairies in Wethersfield by John Crowe

 

In March, 1783 the town’s first library was established by: Mr. Ezekiel Williams, schoolmaster; Mr. Joseph Webb and Col. John Chester, business men; and Senator Stephen Mix Mitchell, Judge of the Superior Court and about 60 others.  It was called the Union Society Library.  It was a subscription library and cost 20 shillings for the initial subscription and 40 shillings for annual dues.  Applicants could be refused by the directors but could appeal to the membership at large.  The “Executive Committee” of Colonel John Broome, Dr. Josiah Hart and Mr. Ezekiel Williams – Treasurer, first ran the library.  It was open two hours every other Saturday.  One could borrow large books (folios) for 8 weeks or small books (duodecimos) for 4 weeks.  With permission from 3 directors fast readers could borrow two folios or 4 duodecimos for a period of four weeks.    According to the records of the High Street School district the 400 volumes of the Union Society Library were housed in the upper room of its schoolhouse; a white wooden building south and east of a later brick structure.  In 1798 the library was moved to the recently completed Academy Hall (this is not what we know as the Academy Building).  Almost all books in the collection were about religion and philosophy.

Interest lagged until in 1850 the Union Society Library  closed and the books were sold at auction.  Then in 1866 Mr. Chauncey Rose of Terre Haute, Indiana, formerly a Wethersfield resident, offered the recently formed Wethersfield Library Soecity $2,500 if the Town would raise $500 to create a library.  A campaign yielded books and money creating a collection of 1600 volumes.  (Mr. Rose also donated $6,000 to be used for the maintenance of a public high school within Wethersfield.) Again this was a subscription library.  Dues were $2/year for women, $3 a year for men or $25 for a life membership.  Why were dues more expensive for men?  Miss Francis Shedd, Librarian from 1922 to 1946, preferred “to think it is a simple recognition of woman’s neatness and respect for the property of others.” 

This library was called the Rose Library and was housed “in the second story of the building on the corner next south of the Congregational Church.”  In 1872 it was moved to the upper room of the Congregational Chapel.  In 1893, with the library still in the Chapel, it became free to the general public of the town when the Library Association voted to merge with the free library just being established by the Town.  This was done by loaning the books to the town which appointed directors.  A resolution passed at a Town Meeting stated, “The amount to be annually expended by the Town for the maintenance and increase of the Public Library shall be a sum not to exceed $100.”  In 1909 the Association voted to hold its annual meetings in connection with those of the Wethersfield Public Library and that the two organizations should have the same treasurer; also that the directors of the Public Library should be the ex-officio members of the Library Association.  A patron could borrow one book at a time for two weeks.  Miss Shedd was one of the earliest names registered in the new free library.

Presidents of the Library Board beginning in 1893 until 1947 included: Rev. Mr. Teal, Martin Griswold, Mr. S.F. Willard, Mr. E. O. Buck, Rev. T. C. Craig.  Mr. Willard served for many years.

In 1893 Mrs. John Belden became Librarians until 1895.  In 1895 Miss Elizabeth Andrews was appointed Librarian at a salary of $50 a year.  In 1896 that was increased to $75 a year.  In 1895 the Town appropriation to the Library was increased from $100 to $200 and in 1896 the Town voted rather naively that “any amount unexpended at the close of the current year be used for the purchase of books.”  In 1896 Mrs. George Roberts became Librarian for 16 years.  She oversaw the move of the library from the congregational Chapel to the Academy Building.  From 1912 to 1922 Wethersfield’s Librarians were Miss Caroline Robbins, Mrs. Raymond Vesberg and Miss Belle Grigham.  Library Directors often substituted for the Librarian and performed many library tasks.

In the early 1920’s the Library was moved from the lower north room of the Academy Building to the upper floor.  In 1922 Miss Francis Shedd became Librarians and guided the library until 1946.  In 1940 the Library was moved from the Academy Building to the Welles School.  In 1942 Mrs. Marcella Anderson, the Children’s Librarian, began a Traveling that visited each of the four elementary schools once every two weeks.  In 1946 Miss Shedd retired.  Upon her retirement Miss Shedd observed “It would seem that the question of new library quarters is on the way to become one of the Town’s major issues. 
Her prophecy was to be correct.

Mrs. Anderson became Librarian at a salary of $1,600 a year for a 36 hour week. 
She participated in what may have been the fastest period of growth for the Library.

In 1947 the League of Women Voters did a town-wide survey to determine what extent library facilities were being used.  They discovered that citizens west of the Silas Denae Hwy. used the main library seldom.  The hours of the library in 1947 were: M, W, F 2-9; T, Th 2-5.  There were 2,336 registered borrowers.  A Deposit Station was located at 263 Brimfield Rd. in the home of Mrs. George Ellis.  Branch libraries, each open about 5 hours a week, were located at the Charles Wright and Col. John Chester schools.

In 1950 Mrs. Anderson stated publicly the need for a centrally located library.  In June of 1953 the 5 ½ year old branch at the Charles Wright School was closed because of a severe drop in usage.  The main reason cited for the drop was that a population almost universally employed, as Wethersfield’s then was, read little fiction and the Wright Branch’s collection was mostly fiction.  Also the branch was fairly close to the main library in Old Wethesfield.  The shelves were moved to the Col. John Chester Branch and its hours doubled to 10 hours weekly.

The 1952 Annual Report of the Library Board stated “our space is used to capacity and the Welles School, itself in need of classroom space, offers no hope of relief.”  In May, 1953 the Friends of the Library was formed with Mr. Hugh S. Campbell as its first President.  In late 1953 Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Keeney offered the Library a site on which to build a new facility.  They were willing to donate a lot adjacent to the Helen Wolcott home at 431 Wolcott Hill Rd. in memory of their son, Ensign Robert A. Keeney.  This got the ball rolling on a course that would, after five years, result in Wethersfield’s new library and Town Hall.  The Library Board advised the Town to build a new library on the Wolcott Hill Road site, and this advice was accepted by the Town Plan Commission.  The Town did not follow through.  By November, 1954 the Library Board asked Town Council to appoint a committee to study the need for a new library.  The Citizens’ Library Survey Committee was created and was chaired by Horace B. Francis.  The Committee submitted its report in March, 1954.  It recommended a site on the corner of the Silas Deane Highway and the Church Street owned by the Town for building a $280,000 building and also suggested that the Town build a new town hall at the same site.

By early 1956 the Town Plan Commission was opposing the Deane-church Street site and favoring a Town Hall/Library building on Welles Road between Folly Brook and Western Boulevard on land not owned by the Town.  On February 28, 1956 the Town Council overrode the Town Plan Commission and agreed with the Library Survey Committee’s recommendation to build on the Silas Deane and Church Street site.

In March, 1959 the Traveling Library, begun in 1942 to visit the elementary schools, was cut to save money and because the more centrally located new library at Silas Deane and Church Street would serve the citizenry better than the Welles School Library had.  The PTA’s of the elementary schools protested, but the cuts were made.

In the summer of 1959 the move into the library’s new quarters began.  On October 7, 1959 the new building was opened with Mrs. Marcella Anderson still at the helm.  This culminated many years of hard work and patient negotiating for Mrs. Anderson and Board President Charles A. Even.  Mr. Even had been president of the Board when the Library moved from the Academy Building into the Welles School building.

The new facility included a room honoring Miss Francis S. Shedd, Mrs. Anderson’s predecessor and Librarian from 1922 to 1946.  A special committee provided appropriate furniture and commissioned a portrait of Miss Shedd done by Mrs. John F. Halloran which still hangs in the Francis S. Shedd Study in the library.

In 1963 the Wethersfield Library decided to participate in an arrangement with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library of Newington and the Welles-Turner Library of Glastonbury.  This arrangement allowed Glastonbury, Newington and Wethersfield residents to borrow books from any of the three libraries.

In 1968 Mrs. Anderson retired and Marjorie G. B. Buck became the Library Director.  In 1976 a Library Building Survey Committee was formed to study the needed expansion of the Library.  In June, 1977 a plan was presented by the Town Engineer to the Library Board and accepted.  Also in 1977 the Capitol Region Library Council proposed a computer circulation system linking many of the public and academic libraries of the Greater Hartford area. 

In March, 1978 Mrs. Buck retired and Om Wadhwa  became Director of the Library.  In early 1979 the library expanded into the new addition constructed on the south end of the Town Hall/Library building.

In June, 1980 the Library Board voted to take part in the Capitol Region Library Council program designed to automate the circulation functions of the library.  Official participation began July 1, 1980.  By February, 1982 enough patrons and books were entered into the computer database that Wethersfield Library became a “live” part of CRLC CircCess circulation system.  At this point books and other materials began to be circulated using computer terminals.

1983 saw our 350th anniversary of the founding of the first Wethersfield Library.

 

Researched and written by John Crowe, Reference Librarian.

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