Friday, January 18, 2019

This was the week that was

this was a pretty action packed week.  The cupola roof was removed and replaced (see earlier blogs for pics) and it has now been shingled.  And the shingles match the rest of the roof.  Will wonders never cease?

Much work was done on the interior space on trim and walls.

Bergeron has teed up electrical work to begin next week.

We've met with the architect, staff and trustees and are reviewing paint colors, flooring options  and design elements. 

Local mural artist Judy Dibble came in to explore how murals might fit into our new space...stay tuned.  This could be very exciting. 

A new order for Adult Fiction was placed. 

Staff have finalized plans for cooking and serving senior lunch at the Slusser Center on 1/23.  That must be a numeralogically significant date. 

And many people came in to stock up on books and movies for the long SNOW filled weekend.  That's what a library is for!! 

We were sad to learn that Richard Schaefer, husband of longtime library volunteer Eleanor Schaefer died this week.  He was also father to former Fire Chief Rick Schaefer.  Our thoughts go out to the family. 

As ever, give a holler if you have questions.  Have a lovely weekend. dvd

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

the eagle has landed

Today we were treated to some wonderful aerial wizardry as the old roof was removed from the cupola and the new roof was settled into place.  This feels like major progress. With a weather tight building the contractor is freed to tackle  electrical work and painting and internal modifications.  And yes, before anyone has a chance to ask, the weather vane is going back up.  As it turns out, it was not struck.  The lower part of the roof is what took the hit.  Again a reminder that lightning rods are no guarantee against being struck and there is no building code that requires them.

What a beautiful day for a roof raising! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Felicitations

Brrr.  Just plain cold.  Tomorrow Leigh Maynard will be at the Farmer's Market in Hopkinton with a project for families.  Programming for kids and families is alive and well thanks to the Friends of the Library!  See below.  We get much more than a little help from our Friends! 

Stay warm this weekend.  Get out for a walk or a ski.  Read a book.  Eat some good food.  This weekend it's on to the new Barbara Kingsolver book "Unsheltered," some bread baking and perhaps some pasta with cauliflower and fontina.  And a walk or two. 

the Farmer’s Market (in Town Hall) between 10 AM and 1 PM
Drop in and play with Snow Dough!
Make an indoor snowman while your parents shop!
Take the recipe home to make your own.

**Shadow Puppet Workshop
Sunday, January 13 4– 5:30 PM
What a great opportunity! The puppeteers from Cactus Head Puppets will be here to help YOU make your own shadow puppet. For ages 6 and up with a caregiver.
This program will take place in the Community Room. Registration information below.

**Magic Show With Norman Ng!
Sunday, January 27th from 4-4:45 PM
“The Norman Magic Experience” is an exciting fusion of magic, comedy, and audience participation. Ages 5 and up are invited to  see Norman’s original and amazing magic tricks with his unique style of storytelling, action, and audience interaction. This program will take place in the Community Room.

Stay ‘N’ Play CafĂ©
Thursdays, January 17, February 21, March 21 from 10-2:30 PM
A time for parents and children to play! Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa provided. Come in out of the cold and have fun at the library! For all ages. This program will take place in the Community Room.Bring your own mug if you can!

*To register for programs: call the library at 746-3663 or email

If you register, but are unable to attend, please call 746-3663,
so we can free up a space for another child. Thank you.

**Brought to you with the support of
the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library as part of the
Friends Winter Family Series.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Words to live by

So, the cupola roof skeleton is still there but the weather hasn't been cooperating.  As soon as I know more, I will let you know.  Still, we have been busy ordering furniture, talking to donors  and discussing wall, ceiling and floor colors.

So, instead of a major update on progress, I offer you four words to live by in 2019 and an article on which to click.  These are worth considering.

Move. Nourish. Refresh. Connect.

Finally, I'd like to dedicate this writing to Kim Drew, a member of the library staff for more than five years.  She died last week after a long battle with cancer at 56.  I've seldom met someone who was quite as positive and good-humored about dealing with a trial.  She was an inspiration.  Her service is at 3pm on Saturday at the Webster Town Hall. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Isn't this where you wanted it?

How wonderful to see the skeleton of the new cupola in front of the library today.  Wiseguy workman said when I expressed my pleasure at the progress "this is where you wanted it, right?"  Hahahaha  It looks like a great spider on the lawn or an art installation.  Progress on a sunny blue day!

Also, it was my great pleasure on Wednesday to be visited by Christine Hamm from her new home in Oregon.  She was one of the major forces behind the building of our new library twenty years ago and was a longtime library trustee.  She is sorely missed, but I am happy to report that she is busy and happy with her west coast life. 

Meanwhile, my cold is still holding on, but I feel its grip loosening.  Louise Penny and I will be spending the weekend together.  I hope she brings tissues. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

I'll be happy to see 2018 behind me and looking forward to a wonderful new year of re-building. My wanderings around the library building confirm that the Bergeron elves were at work over the holidays and progress continues to be made on bringing the building back.  As some of you may have read, we have come up with a range of additional projects to improve the library space and services, many building on recommendations resulting from our recent long range planning.   We'll be distributing information on these in January, with some naming opportunities included if that is of interest to any readers.  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

 Just to keep things exciting, I've been knocked down by some sort of illness since after Christmas (the plague?).  Not quite seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yet.  The good news is that the library was going to be closed anyway and I was not so diminished that I was unable to read and do crossword puzzles in front of the tree with endless mugs of tea.  Highly recommended is the completely diverting new book by Kareem Abdul Jabbar (yes that KAJ, of basketball fame, who is a devoted Holmsian).  His new "Mycroft and Sherlock" was just what I was looking for.
Mycroft and Sherlock

  I also devoured the new book by Esi Edugyan, a harrowing and triumphant tale of the journey of a black slave into the world of science. It was on the NY Times "Top Ten of 2018" and deservedly so.  I was glad that I had the Large Print version.

Washington Black: A novel

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday things

Some of you may see news through the Concord Monitor's new Hopkinton news site that we will be opening in March.  It is probably too early to make that statement.  There are too many variables at play to  be able to predict that with any confidence--designs need to be finalized, furniture needs to be built, funds need to be raised .  I'll give you an update early in the year, when we may have a better idea about timing.  The cupola roof was supposed to come off on Friday, but that was delayed because of the rain forecast.  Fingers crossed for next week, with the cooperation of the Bergeron elves. 

We have had guys (all guys at this stage) from Bergeron onsite steadily for the past couple of weeks working on trim and drywall.  That has been a wonderful thing! Energy Efficient Investments team has also been here working on tightening up the insulation on the perimeter of the building.  We have been working with Jason LaCombe at SMP Architects on refining a variety of details on the internal design of the building, including looking at wall colors and floor coverings.  Ideas and recommendations that were generated from our long range planning process are being integrated into the planning. As we've been saying from the start, we have had an extraordinary opportunity to revisit all aspects of our work and to incorporate ideas and recommendations into our new space planning.

Meanwhile, I wish all of you the very best of the holiday season.  We will be open on Friday 12/21 until 4:30, then closed until January 2nd, following the lead of the Slusser Center.  You'll probably hear from me before then. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Felicitations

More progress!  Bergeron Construction will be in next week to begin the process of removing and replacing the cupola roof.  Our insulation consultants will also be in next week beginning the upgrade of the insulation around the attic perimeter.  The artful staging on the outside of the building is a welcome reminder that work has begun.  Meanwhile we are busy making lists (and checking them more than twice) of priorities, tasks that need to be done, budgets and  timelines.

Our staff artist Barb Diaz added a holiday (not to mention bookish) touch to the paper wreath that one of the crafty Slusser women made for us.  If you can't tell from this image, those are all book covers in the snow and on the tree.  Note to self, do not treat library books this way! 
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a present for the bibliophile in your circle, you may want to consider "The Art of Reading:  An Illustrated History of Books in Paint."  It is a lovely and interesting item!

The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint

Monday, December 10, 2018

tis the season

This weekend Leigh Maynard spent the morning at the Farmers Market at Town Hall providing one and all the opportunity to make a holiday craft, a traditional pomander ball.  Oh, does that bring back memories of my mother!  Leigh provided all the fixings and people of all ages took part.  What a lovely community event.
And on the building front, the scaffolding is up and next week the "ripping and framing" will begin.  Meanwhile planning proceeds fast and furious.

Thanks to the Goodine Family for naming the library as the recipient of memorial gifts to honor the passing of 104 year old Kathleen Goodine, the mother of Brad Goodine.  Brad was a regular at the library borrowing audiobooks for his mom.  We'll miss the circulation and the good company.  Brad, you can still come by and borrow a few for yourself!! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Fun on Friday

The Bergeron guys were here today putting the staging up to move toward replacing the roof on the cupola.  We have had excellent meetings with trustees and Jason LaCombe from SMP Architects.  Details on timing is still TBD, but we are making progress!  The staging is kind of cool looking.  Maybe we should keep it as a permanent element.  they'll be back on Monday....