Check Us Out! Come one, come all to the Open House at the Taylor Memorial Library on Sunday, April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. See the amazing transformation of our formerly dormant library. Let us know how your library can serve you better. Have a bite and a sip and talk with our Friends and staff to learn about the library's past, present and hoped-for future!
TML Friends News Thanks to a lot of work by Bob Dorsey, the Friends of the Hancock Taylor Memorial Library (FoHTML) have approved bylaws and are filing for incorporation! The next step is to ask all library supporters to turn out at the MAY 7 town meeting and support the library's requested budget increase. While the increase seems large, it is the bare minimum to meet the qualifications to apply for state grants: Keep the library open at least 10 hours per week, pay the utilities, provide a safe space for kids both online and off, maintain a varied and viable collection and an updated catalog of holdings, and pay for mowing, plowing etc. Please turn out and vote for this important community resource!
Our Catalog is Online You now can view and search the Library's catalog from home, work or school! Just click HERE. We hope in time that you will be able to reserve items from the collection, which is the next step. That will depend on getting enough funding to purchase the service. But meanwhile, see what a great collection has been built!
Taylor Memorial Joins Massachusetts Library System Thanks to all the hard work of Library Director Olivia Johnson and her corps of dedicated volunteers, the Taylor Memorial Library is now an official member of the Massachusetts Library System! An immediately visible result of this that we now can offer the dozens of additional full-text databases (see link in the left column) at no cost to the town. Other benefits that we hope to use are the ability to apply for state grants, both for operations and capital improvements; delivery services that will help us participate in interlibrary loans; continuing education opportunities for our staff; materials and support for the national summer reading program, and the ability to participate in a materials and supplies cooperative that will give us substantial discounts on our purchases of circulating materials and library supplies. This is all possible because we now meet the majority of criteria set out for membership. We are open 10 hours per week, willing to share our collections through interlibrary loan, and soon will have Trustees with the appropriate levels of experience and education. If at Town Meeting residents support our budget request, we will meet the minimum criteria for local funding, which then allows us to qualify for state aid. Congratulations and thanks!
Movies at the Library!
Community Gathering Space
Hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are now available at the library for a small donation. Gather here with friends for a sociable visit and check out the newly configured library! There also is a bulletin board where posters of community-wide events may be placed.
Got Your New Library Card?
New TML library cards are available for the revived Taylor Memorial Library. More than 100 people already have registered and received their library cards! Stop in at during regular library hours and register for your new library card. This card will give you access to our collection of more than 4,000 books, DVDs and Books on CD, plus numerous databases available on this website!
Taylor Memorial Library 155 Main Street, Hancock, MA NEW HOURS: Mondays 2-6 Thursdays 2-6 Saturdays Noon-2 ~ ~ ~ The Director reserves the right to close the library for weather or other emergencies. Closings will be posted here and on Facebook.
The library is managed by elected trustees who serve three year terms. Current Library Director: Olivia Johnson
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