From the Directors desk – March 2014


MakerLab, Service Desk, Quiet Room and Teen space


As change happens outside and the days get longer and warmer; so too is change happening in the library. Those of you who’ve been in the library in the last few weeks, will have seen the wonderful changes happening inside the library.

The first thing you notice upon entering the building from the parking lot, is the beautiful new Service desk.  This Information desk is your one stop shop for all queries, large or small. 

From help finding a book, to an in-depth reference inquiry, to a conversation with a specialist about what to read next or to source an unusual, esoteric item through interlibrary loan; the Information desk is your first stop.  No matter what your library and information need pop over to the desk to take a look and say hello. 

The Salant room, adjacent to the main street door has also evolved.  Still the place to go for reading the newspaper, this designated quiet room also has our magazine collection.  This is a work in progress and the display racks for the current edition of our magazine titles are still to come.  This is a beautiful room for quiet reading and contemplation.

Walk to the area where the reference desk was and you’ll now find our newly launched MakerLab.  To get started with our MakerLab, we have a 3D printer and 2 computers for computer aided design as well as photo and video editing.  We are offering classes to learn to use the 3D printer and once you have completed the class, you may book the use of the printer and have a go yourself.

The Teen area at the front corner of the building has undergone a transformation as well.  The books and shelves have been reorganized to provide greatly improved access to the Young Adult book collection and the social and work spaces are now more inviting and useful.  With a generous donation and the help of the Teen Advisory Board, this area will undergo further, significant transformation in the near future.

Finally, the book group collection has moved from the alcove next to the Plaut meeting room to the area at the front of the building where the Magazines were formerly located.  This work is ongoing; please bear with us as we shift this collection from its several former homes.  By shifting the book group collection we are now able to store the entire collection in one place.

New Canaan Library is extremely grateful to the several generous benefactors who have provided us with the new Information Desk, The 3-D printer and both new computers as well as the money for refresh of the teen area.  Without these generous donations, these changes would not be possible.

While all this activity is happening we are undertaking our Feasibility study with residents of town.  As part of this study, we will be conducting a focus group with parents of children and teens.  If you are a parent and would like to participate and share your views on the future of the library, please email me directly,   with Focus group in the subject line.

Lastly, if you haven’t already started, then you still have time to get involved with OneBookNewCanaan! Read In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick and take part in the many events that are happening around town in connection with this brilliant book.  You can borrow the book from the library or buy a copy from our partners Elm Street Books, who have helped us to get the author here on April 4th.

See all the events and register for the Author Event on April 4th.