EAST NORWALK ASSOCIATION / 51 VAN ZANT STREET / EAST NORWALK, CT 06855 [HOME PAGE]
Dear Supporters of the East Norwalk Association Library: April, 2016
As the newly elected President of the East Norwalk Association Board of Director’s I would like to take this opportunity to thank the TTD and the electors of East Norwalk for funding the East Norwalk Library for FY 2016-2017 and share a few of our initiatives with you.
The East Norwalk Library Planning Committee (Kathy Cray, Sarah Amato-Mills and myself) developed a Master Plan for the Library along with the TTD Commissioners (Charlie Yost, David Brown and Debora Goldstein), consultant Alex Cohen, East Norwalk residents Mark Lillendahl, Bill Solder, Kathy Leeds (retired Executive Director from the Wilton Library) and Stan Siegel.. This exercise was months in the making and took in feedback from the community and patrons alike. We have, what we believe is a plan that the board can execute with assistance from the community.
But first a bit of a re-cap. Once again the Association received a clean audit by Steven Hill, CPA. Thanks to our Executive Director, Stan Siegel the Library received over $100,000 in in-kind services and donations during 2015. The ENA budget and audit are posted on our web site www.eastnorwalklibrary.org; soon the results of the latest patron survey will be added.
At the February 16th ENA Board Meeting the Board voted to reinstate the East Norwalk Association Library Foundation, Inc. as a 501c3 not for profit corporation. The Foundation will concentrate on raising funds to increase/enhance Children’s and other Library programs, update technology and other needs for the library. The Foundation Board will be actively seeking members of the community that are interested in serving on the Foundation.
We are looking at providing “reasonable accommodation” by possibly installing a ramp so that that moms with strollers, seniors and the handicapped can more easily access the library. We believe that this may be accomplished through government grants.
Patrons of the Library have stated that they would like to see the Library vary the Library hours. Beginning in June the staff will be considering an early opening and late closing at least one day a week according to the suggestions of polled patrons.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Van Zilen Community Hall. The Hall is used, without charge to not for profit organizations and is available for rental for private parties and other groups at a nominal fee. Our past President Jim Anderson will be organizing volunteers to paint the room this Spring.
These are but a few of the ideas that are included in the ENAL Master Plan. To see the complete document please visit the library web site at www. eastnorwalklibrary.org. The plan is going to be a work in progress as are all plans. We welcome your feedback and I am available by e-mail at Sarahmm717@gmail.com <mailto:Sarahmm717@gmail.com>. A phone message can always be left for me at the library as well.
President, East Norwalk Association