Oxford Public Library
486 Oxford Road
Oxford, CT, USA 06478
Email: [email protected]
WE NEED YOU!
Interested in helping us get a new library space?
We are looking for volunteers to help our Friends get the word out about the upcoming vote. If interested, please call or come in to sign up to help.
Here is the important date you should know:
The Referendum vote on the appropriation for the new library will be on the ballot at the General Election on November 3rd from 6am-8pm.
Please come out or submit an absentee ballot-your voice is important and your vote is necessary! The referendum question results are only valid if we get more than 15% of the registered voters to participate.
A recent article from the Waterbury Republican about the vote: http://tinyurl.com/pr9w85v
Objectives for a new Oxford Public Library
To fulfill it it’s mission of independent learning with an emphasis on children’s service and community cultural and information services the library needs to focus on improving its facilities. Nearby communities such as Derby, Southbury and the Monroe library have shown how important expanded facilities are to the improvement of library services. The Oxford library building is by far the smallest in its population class and less than one fifth of the size needed for its present population.
From the inception of library services in Oxford in the Nineteenth Century citizens have wanted the library to be a cultural and information center for the citizens of Oxford. It should provide patrons with the ability to view art displays, to listen to music, to join in book discussion groups, to have tutoring sessions. All of these additional abilities and many more in our new space will allow citizens to use the library’s collections and technology better.
The new library should have:
- A Separate children’s area — Children need their own space for study, programs, and computers.
- More seating is needed so that users will have room to read.
- Quiet study areas — Citizens need a comfortable and quiet place to read.
- Group study areas — Students need room to work together on projects.
- An area for young adults — Young adults need computers and study space.
- A community program room — The lack of meeting places in Oxford is chronic. Organizations and library programs need a choice of small and large meeting space to enhance cultural activities in Oxford.
- Efficient staff work facilities— Staff need well-designed and comfortable space to perform the support services needed in a library. They need to select order and process materials and do computer searches for users in a comfortable well-ventilated work area.
- Space for more computers. The Internet greatly facilitates the materials collection in searching for information for library users. In addition users need to be able to use a variety of computer programs in comfortable ergonomically designed electronic workstations.
- Secure space for our local history and Connecticut collection. Unique Oxford materials need to be housed in a room with controlled access.
- Out-door library space — The beautiful rural setting of Oxford and the town’s emphasis in developing open space for enjoying nature should be part of the library experience.
- Friends activities space — A vital and active Friends organization that engages in library programs, assists with book sales and provides funds to expand the library’s programs needs a spacious location for its activities.
Other Benefits of a new library building:
- A larger town library will improve the value of local real estate.
- Community culture and quality of life will be enhanced.
- An educated community will increase income.
- The Town Hall will be able to expand into the vacated space.
Tuesday October 13th at 6:00pm please join us for an acoustic performance on guitar by Peter Biedermann upstairs in the town hall meeting room. Registration requested-call to sign up! Snacks provided.
Monday October 19th at 6:30pm prepare to be amazed by ghostly photographs shown by Julie Griffin, who started getting involved with paranormal investigating in 2008. Good for all ages-not scary, just thoughtful discussion and slides. Registration requested.
Nutmeg Book Club Meeting
Mr. Bilmes, the librarian at Oxford High School, and Miss Dawn are teaming up for a book club that will be held at OHS! The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 7th at 2:15 PM. Students will have a chance to discuss “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock” they read this month. Snacks will also be provided. The next book discussion will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:30 PM.
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Recent Happenings at the Oxford Public Library!
The Oxford Public Library is currently collecting food and pet toys for the animal shelter. Please leave donations in the specially designated box in the foyer at the library.
Please contribute to the Friends of the Library in Oxford. Every dollar you donate to the Jane D. Weiss Family Foundation will be matched to double the donation to the Friends of the Library in Oxford. More information can be found here.
Donations of $25 and over with your name and address will be acknowledged as a charitable tax deduction.
Thank you for your continuing support.
New Kindle Titles available! Please check out our 2 Kindles donated by the Friends of the Library in Oxford. We just added numerous titles to both machines — the newest in fiction and nonfiction bestsellers are available. Come by the library to check them out! See title list.
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The Oxford Public Library is monitored by video surveillance cameras to deter criminal activity against the Library’s property, staff and patrons.