Discovering the Proctor Library by Sandy Dockum

A new library patron wanted to share her first experience of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. You'll find this article and more in the print version of the Friends of the Library quarterly newsletter,  delivered to your door as a benefit of your Friend's membership!

Our residence on Skyline Drive in Weathersfield, Vermont has been our home now for quite a number of years. We enjoy the small town feel of Weathersfield and appreciate the services that our little community offers us. Being an avid reader, I'm not sure why I haven't taken advantage of one of these services, the Proctor Library, until recently. As they say, live and learn.

Just before Christmas I had the occasion to stop at the Proctor Library with my grandson Tom for a delightful holiday card making activity. I was struck by the beauty of this old building and by the contents. Although small, the library is bursting at the seams with all kinds of literature. A series of shelves with all new titles drew me in and before I knew it I was a "card carrying member," who left the library with a number of these new books by some of my favorite authors.

As I wandered around the library that day, I marveled at the use of space. Patrons will find not only the traditional print materials, but also books on tape, videos, computer access, copy/fax service and a well stocked children's collection that will engage my young reader. I could understand why my grandson and his Mother make the time to visit the Proctor Library almost weekly on their way home from kindergarten at the Weathersfield School. The library is a warm and inviting place where the love of books is obviously a shared experience. In addition, the library director Nancy Tusinski and her assistant librarian Lynn Esty offer wonderful programming for children and adults alike. As the winter months drag on, our library is another place where we can sit, visit and enjoy a bit of social interaction with a neighbor or friend, while choosing our next "must read." Try that with your e-reader.

So if you are looking for a local way to shake off the winter blues and have not found the perfect time to visit and join the Proctor library, I urge you to go ahead and do so. Don't miss out on the opportunity to become involved with this excellent community resource. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised on your first visit, just as I was.

The library is now looking toward the future with an ambitious expansion plan and it will take many a new patron and friend to make that library addition become a reality. When you stop in, ask Nancy Tusinski how you might be able to help.

Sandy Dockum
Weathersfield resident

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