From the Director's Desk - April 2014

How exciting to watch the earth burst forth with new life as the days get longer and the temperature rises.  I’ve been delighted on my walk to work this past week to see the beautiful crocuses and snow drops that are blooming gleefully all over town.  I look eagerly forward to seeing the narcissi, tulips and hyacinths which have poked their heads up and are gathering their energies to thrill us with their riotous colors.  

Here in the library we are about to launch our Seed Library - a community seed exchange. From our Seed Library, members will be able to borrow ornamental or food seeds, plant them, then at harvest time- save some seeds produced by the plant and return them to the exchange.   During the growing season we will offer educational programs to complement the seed exchange.  You will learn about seed saving, three season gardening and more.

 In other news we have recently launched our MakerLab.  If you haven’t yet seen it, stop by or join a class to learn about Computer Aided Design and using the 3D printer.  In the few weeks since launch, demand for the classes has been insatiable!  We’ve doubled the number of classes and the number of people per class, and still they fill up as quickly as we create them.  80 members have become certified to use the 3D printer from a wide cross section of our community; including whole families, engineers, artists, teachers, students, teens, knowledgeable technophiles, business people and retirees.  

We already have 4 teen volunteer trainers who are teaching one-on-one classes to members of all ages.  Once certified, people are booking time to return to the library to experiment with 3D modeling, design and creating using the printer.

Recently a graduate student has been using the MakerLab to learn the technology in order to teach it to her classroom students.  An architecture student has been using the equipment to design prototypes of buildings. Many others are learning and creating too.
Check out our Press Page  to see the many and varied stories about the library in the press.  There has been a great deal of diverse programming as well as a lot of change recently at the library that you can read about on this page.

Finally, having just finished our tremendously successful inaugural OneBookNewCanaan with a visit on Friday April 4th from Author Nathaniel Philbrick who spoke to a crowd of over 600 about In the Heart of the Sea, we are now looking forward to several more great events.  On May 4th we have the 6th Annual , Conversations with Business Leaders  with New Canaan’s own David Jaffe of Ascena  Retail Group.  Then on May 30th is our annual Books, Blues and BBQ party.  This is a fabulous event, so book your tickets for this wonderful Library fundraiser!