Why is the Wellington Library so great? A lot of the goodness can be credited to volunteers

We are grateful. As a library we realize we compete with many other forms of entertainment for your attention. So it’s important we stay on trend. We also realize that Wellington is a special place unique unto it’s own. So while trying to stay current with other libraries we also want to offer what Wellington does best: friendly small-town service.

To us you are not just Patron Number bah, bah, bah. You are Mark, who helps process books. Debra, who shares her talent with us all by decorating the library. Norma, who manages to find time to shelve books on our busiest day and participate in our book club. Maybe you’re Kate, who has volunteered for over 15 years even though she has moved to another town. Or Bob, who has volunteered for over 13 years and faithfully helps us every week. Alice, who works a full time job and manages to come to the library to help cover books. Judy, one of our newest volunteers who comes in on her scheduled day and then also will pop in to see if we need help on other days. Doug, who has been covering books for the library every Wednesday night for at least 15 years. Bill, has been bringing us coffee every week and sharing his knowledge with a young patrons. And then there’s Josh, who came in three days a week all summer long and helped us finish projects we never would have completed without his help.

So in a community who gives so much to keep this library in tip-top shape, it only seems right that we try to give you a place to find the newest novels, kids books, movies and audiobooks. We can help with book reports and research. We also want to provide you a place to use the computer, print out forms, make copies, scan and fax. A place to meet your kids after school. We can help you find a book that we don’t carry but can be ordered from another library. We provide a Storytime for preschoolers.

It sounds like bragging but we are really bragging about this whole community, which loves and appreciates having a public library. One of the things that makes our library so unique is the Used Book Store run by the Wellington Library Friends. Through the book sales the Friends have been able to donate more than a thousand dollars a year to various library programs, from summer reading to author talks.

If you’d like to help the library, think of us first when you have books to donate. You can drop them off anytime the library is open. Our Storytimes for the month of October are Oceans on the 11th, and Pumpkins on the 25th. Both start at 11 a.m. Cardmaking with Mary is Back, starting Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. Please call the library to sign up. Bookclub meets at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 to discuss “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff.

Goodbye Ann. Our time on Earth was made better by your time on Earth. We will miss you.

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