WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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[forum] J A N I C E C O D U R I writer JANICE CODURI is Director of the Wellesley Free Library the plans were translated into a beautiful, The Wellesley Free Library welcoming, and functional place. What peo- The Heart of the Community philanthropy played in making the building ple may not know is the role that private a reality. In addition to a $3.2 million construction grant from the state, a dedicated longtime Wellesley residents surely remember the two years when the new Main team of volunteers raised over $3 million to Library was under construction. Children stood at the fence watching the building go up, resi- furnish the new library and support what dents wondered what the new library would look like, and everyone eagerly anticipated the was, at the time, emerging technologies. opening. So many people were excited to visit that over 4,000 people came to the ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1, 2003. Ten years later, the need for public-private partnerships is stronger than ever. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed and that the Wellesley Free Library (WFL) will The Library has a long history of support- be celebrating the tenth anniversary of its building in June. Plans are underway to celebrate in ing organizations helping with funding. It style with programs, parties, an open house, and, of course, cake. began with the Friends of the Wellesley The Wellesley Free Library's Trustees and Administration planned carefully for the new library Free Libraries, created in the early 1960s, including a design that would be welcoming and serve the evolving needs of town residents. The expanded when the WFL Centennial Fund vision to make the Library the "heart of the community" has become reality. was created for the 100th anniversary of the During the planning stages, library Trustees and members of the Administration heard over town in 1981, and continued with the capi- and over the need of the residents to have a central community gathering place as well as a tal campaign for the new library and that library that would continue to fill the more traditional role of providing books, media, and edu- campaign's successor, the Wellesley Free cational programs to residents. Circulation has increased 39 percent in the past ten years, use of Library Foundation. Currently, 22 percent the Library has increased 26 percent, and programs have increased by 36 percent. of the total Library expenses are under- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 Perhaps the greatest change the WFL has seen in the last decade is in the area of technology. written by sources other than tax revenue. Ten years ago, Wi-Fi was in its infancy and the role of the Internet as part of the fabric of every- The day life had just begun. Now the Library offers Wi-Fi and 52 public workstations where research LIBRARIES databases, Internet browsing, and creative applications are readily available. gram expenses. This includes a wide range FRIENDS OF THE WELLESLEY FREE support the majority of our pro- This effort to build our wonderful library could not have happened without the support of many people. Trustees, Administration, and Town Committees worked tirelessly to make sure that 42 of educational, entertaining, and culturally informative classes, and events and pro-

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