Library

Contact the Library Director at the Pittsfield Public Library at 487-5880.

Go directly to the Pittsfield Public Library website at http://www.pittsfield.lib.me.us/

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Library Hours

10:00 - 6:00 Monday through Friday

10:00 - 1:00 on Saturday, closed Saturdays in the summer

 

After 27 1/2 years directing the library, Ellyn (Lyn) Smith retired in January of 2019. I was hired as the new director in February, after over 13 years as the Circulation and Technology Manager. Lyn left the library in good shape and I hope to continue to bring more people into the library to see our beautiful building, check out our great collection of reading material, audio items and films, and to experience the magic of learning new things through our programs and events throughout the year. If you're looking for a place to be, this is the place.

 

Services Available:

·        Loans of items for all ages including books, audio books on tape and CD, videos on tape and DVD, music on CD, and magazines.

·        A comfortable place to read newspapers, magazines, and chat with friends.

·        High-speed unfiltered Internet access from public computers or personal laptop computers through the library’s wireless connection.

·        Meeting rooms for use by small groups and by individuals and small groups for study.

·        Special programs for children and adults.

 

Collection Highlights:

  •   20,374 adult, teen and children’s books
  •   4,770 audio, video, and music items
  •   Over 6.5 million items are available through cooperation with other libraries in the state
  • The Maine Download Library consortium (using CloudLibrary) makes available over 1,700 downloadable eBooks and audiobooks that can be used on an e-reader or audio device.
  • 1,308 items were added to the collection. Over 35 individuals and organizations donated 347 items with a value OF $7,487. 1,290 items were withdrawn from the collection
  • Books, magazines, audio books, movies, downloadable audio books and e-books from the Pittsfield library collection were borrowed 37,780 times by our local patrons and by library users across Maine.
  • Local patrons borrowed 41,137 items from our collection and from other libraries.
  • Interlibrary loan is an essential service that allows sharing of library collections.  5,218 items from our collection were loaned to patrons in other libraries.

 

 

 

Library patrons had many great experiences at the library:

  •  The library has 1,991 patrons; 1,476 are from Pittsfield, 515 are from surrounding towns.
  • 249 new patrons were given library cards and used the library's services.
  •   23,902 visits were made to the library in 2018.
  •   2,332 patrons used the public computers for Internet, social communication, job searches, games and office applications. In addition, individuals have access to the internet with personal computers through the library's wireless internet connection, even when the library is closed by sitting outside the library.
  • The library offered 65 children's programs that were attended by 1,387 children and their caregivers   
  • 143 adult programs had an attendance of 1,096 people.
  • The community room and small study room was used over 400 times again this year by many individuals, groups and organizations including the ARTS Club, Democrats, Republicans, Garden Club, NAMI Maine, American Legion, Heart of Pittsfield, 4H and the Girl Scouts.
  •  Patrons often used the downstairs rooms for quiet study, tutoring, and small group meetings.

 

Programs and special events:

  • Weekly story times for children including the occasional special presentation like "music Together" and "Move and Groove with Ms. Jenn",drop-in craft programs, the "Libraries Rock" summer reading program and one session of Lego Club. We partnered with KVCAP and the Maine Discovery Museum to present children's programs.
  • Chewonki from Wiscassett and Mr. Drew & His Animals, Too, were both very well-attended animal programs during the school breaks.
  • The library hosted a community art show and wooden egg decorating during the Egg Festival.
  • Several authors came to visit and talk about their books: Mac Smith, author of "Mainers on the Titanic"; Mark Alan Leslie, author of "The Crossing", a novel about the KKK in Maine; local author, Patrick McGowan, with his latest work, "One Good Thing"..
  • The Friends of the Library purchased a movie license in the summer and we had several family-friendly movie screenings in the fall, particularly when the children were out of school.
  • The Persis Smith Community Read was a great success this year with the theme "Alone", and the book "Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit" by Michael Finkel. District Attorney Maeghan Maloney was here discussing the search for and prosecution of Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, to a large and enthusiastic crowd. Ryan Busby from Maine Primitive Skills School talked about survival using primitive skills and we showed several films about self-sufficiency and isolation.
  • Diane Jeselskis from Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine presented "Fit to a T" a program concerning bone health. This is a free program offered by the US Bone and Joint Initiative.

 

Library Building and Grounds

  • Friends of the Library paid for snow removal, landscaping and carpet cleaning. They also maintained the garden plantings around the library.
  • Lawn mowing, basic maintenance and repairs and consultation were performed by the town's public works department.
  • Midcoast Wildlife Specialists were hired to perform bat exclusion, setting one-way exits and sealing openings. This should keep bats out of the library in the future.
  • The library was beautifully decorated for the December holidays by the Friends of the Library, the Sebasticook Garden Club, the ARTS Club, the knitting group, and Deb Short and Donna Laux.

 

People who help at the Library are so important!

  • Staff: Lyn Smith, Holly Williams, MacKenzie Kennedy, Kirsten Hallowell and Liz Gagnon. Don Belgard and Melissa Flewelling are substitutes. The library staff participated in workshops and conferences to stay current in library trends.
  • Special thanks go to regular volunteers: Sue Leibowitz, Carmen Lassard, Jeanne Boisvert and Kai Miller.
  • Town Public Works Department: Tim McCarthy, Dave Connors and Dean Billings.
  • Town Office Staff: Kathryn Ruth, Nicole Nickolan, Cathy Harman, Emmalee Reed and Tina Farias
  • Library Board of Trustees: Sue Leibowitz, Jeanne Boisvert, Karen Oakes, Desire Jester and Ann McGowen.
  • The Friends of the Library continue to support and advocate for the library. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Holly Williams

Library Director