Friday, September 26, 2014

In the Stacks at The Windham Public Library - By Jen Alvino

Windham Public Library ended its Summer Reading Program and events this week and began focusing on the coming school year. Summer seems like, as usual, it went too fast! We are holding on to a few more days of that hot summer weather and then the cooler air of fall will set in. September brings Library Card Signup month to the library.
Legendary comic creator and honorary chair of Library Card Signup month, Stan Lee, asks “The smartest card in my wallet? It’s a library card!” As Windham’s students head back to school this September, WPL wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all…a library card. Library Card Signup month is a nation-wide celebration held at the beginning of the new school year during which librarians across the country remind parents and caregivers of all that a public library card has to offer. Visit the Windham Public Library with your children and teens today to sign up for a library card. A library card is a key resource in achieving academic success!

Library Card Signup Month is not just for students. The staff at Windham Public Library encourages persons of all ages to become library members.

Not sure how to get a library card? Getting a WPL card is easy! Library cards are free to Windham residents, students attending Windham schools, Windham business owners and Windham town employees (including teachers). Bring photo identification with proof of residency to apply for membership. Those patrons not eligible for a free card may pay a non-resident fee to use the library. The non-resident borrower fee is $20 per individual or family annually. 

The Windham Public Library is located at 217 Windham Center Rd. For more information about our services you may call the library at 892-1908, or visit on the web at  

Our new library hours have begun. Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For the last nine years, Windham Public Library has been hosting a community tea every six weeks in our large meeting room. Two staff members, Reference and Technology Librarian Barbara and Children’s Librarian Mrs. Parker, coordinate tea and snacks for the guests in attendance. At last week’s tea I stood in for Barbara serving up hot tea and Mrs. Parker’s hermit cookies, along with veggies and cheese and crackers. One of the transitions libraries have made in recent years is to become much more of a community meeting spot. This was quite evident last week at tea. The teas are always well attended and you never know who you will run into or the conversations you may have. In attendance we had guests of every age sitting together and talking over tea. There were old friends and new attendees gathered together talking about community issues with two town councilors in attendance. It was wonderful to see such community spirit!

In addition to the teas, we have many opportunities for library visitors to expand their minds through educational programming. On October 8th at 6 p.m. we will host Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau. Amy will share information on avoiding scams, fraud and identity theft. Later in the fall we will host another “Let’s Talk About It” Book Group series through the Maine Humanities Council with the theme “Detective Fiction in the 20th Century: A Notion of Evil”. These special book group series’ have been great conversation starters. For the younger library visitors we have Preschool Story Times Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Books and Babies Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. We will also be starting another 8-week session of Bedtime Math-Crazy 8’s Club. 

Be sure to visit our website and Facebook page for more information about all our programs. I hope to see you in the library soon!

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