Hilltown Digest: Survey at Williamsburg’s Meekins Library remains open

  • Paintings by Greta Carey including “Waves on Rocks,” at bottom right, are displayed in an exhibit April 19, 2018 at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/7/2021 12:12:16 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — The Meekins Library survey will remain open through Monday, Dec. 13, as the library continues to seek comments from patrons on how to improve its services.

“We’re just starting to look at and evaluate (the survey),” said Beverly Bullock, the library’s director.

The survey seeks input in areas including expanded hours and what new programs or services people would like the library to offer. The survey is part of the library’s strategic plan, which it typically creates every five years and files with the state.

“You really want to get a read from the whole community,” said Charlotte Meryman, vice chairwoman of the library’s board of trustees.

Meryman said the library has many loyal patrons, but also a number of people in town who don’t use the library or use it only sporadically. She said the library would like to hear from all of these groups.

“The library would like to serve as much of the town as possible,” she said.

Meryman also said the library needs more survey responses from families, teens, pre-teens and children.

“We’d love to hear more from kids,” Bullock said. “That’s a hard group to connect with.”

Additionally, Meryman noted that there are a number of digital services available through the library.

“A lot of people, even regular library users, don’t know about them,” Meryman said.

Some of these services include movie and television streaming, ebooks, genealogical resources and newspaper subscriptions.

The survey can be filled out online at alchemer.com/s3/Meekins-Library-Strategic Planning-Survey and paper copies can be picked up at the Meekins Library, Williamsburg Town Offices, the Williamsburg and Haydenville post offices, and the Williamsburg Hardware bulletin board.

Bullock said that the survey has had about 250 responses so far, and the library is shooting for more than 300.

“We’ve had terrific feedback so far,” Meryman said.

Craft fair fundraiser

A craft fair is going to be held this Sunday to raise money for the Chesterfield-Goshen Children’s Fund, which provides warm clothes and toys for children in the two communities.

The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goshen Town Hall. Local crafters and vendors will be selling their wares, and a bake sale and a raffle to benefit the Chesterfield, Goshen and Williamsburg children’s funds will be run during this time.

The Chesterfield-Goshen Children’s Fund’s aim is to provide winter gear, clothing, and/or toys to children in both towns during the holiday season.

More information about the fair and the fund can be had by emailing Amy Wickland at amyw55@hotmail.com.

Holiday gathering

The Chesterfield Council on Aging is set to host a holiday gathering next week with COVID-19 precautions in place.

The Council on Aging Holiday Coffee and Chat event will take place at 9 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Chesterfield Community Center. Coffee, tea and individually wrapped pastries will be available, and the event is being funded by a grant from Highland Valley Elder Services.

Social distancing will be in effect for the event and hand sanitizer will be available. Guests are also asked to mask when not dining.

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