In keeping with our library's mission statement of promoting reading, knowledge, cultural enrichment and a sense of community, Dunham Public Library will always continue to provide its patrons with information resources, programs, friendly staff assistance and an inviting, fully accessible, place for all to exchange ideas. However, in order to accomplish this important ongoing goal, Dunham can no longer remain "static" and so here's just a small sample of what's been going on recently:
Curious patrons have been asking about the removal of the two large trees from our front parking lot this past summer. Regrettably, it was discovered that both trees had picked up a blight which could have affected the other trees in the vicinity. They were also infested with carpenter ants, so, due to safety concerns for our patrons and the welfare of the remaining local trees in the area of the library, it was decided that the trees had to be taken down. We are planning to plant new trees in the spring of 2015 but we always welcome your ideas and suggestions for improving the front area of our library.
In October 2014, Dunham Public Library completed its purchase of the neighboring property at 80 Main Street. Over the next two to three years, with the help of grants, the 80 Main Street property will be suitably renovated and connected to the library. Dunham remains busier than ever and this will allow us to further expand services offered to our public. Naturally, this planned expansion is at a very early stage but we will certainly share details as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know.
Dunham Public Library's very active Youth Services department continues to offer a host of programs and more series books, hot off the press. The staff has been busy updating the collections, so, please stop by for a schedule of Youth Services events and check out what's new on the shelves. If there's something you'd like to see, just let us know!
Finally, proceeds from our ongoing booksale, Booktique, have funded the installation of new hardwood tile flooring in our foyer and Community Room, twelve new tables and twenty-four new chairs for public use, supplies for several children's programs and four "Fat Boy" bean bag chairs in our teen center.
Booktique sales has also paid for our new hydroponic garden, which is set up near the back window of the library, just past the computers. We expect to be picking fresh vegetables like avocados, lettuce and tomatoes in the spring, so, come check it out.
As always, if you'd like to see our Community Room or even have a tour of the library, feel free to stop by the Information Desk. Our schedule of events is always available both online or in paper format. So, as Dunham continues to expand and grow its services to better serve our community, your donations to Booktique, your patience and your support is always appreciated.