The library will hold a yard sale and bake sale to raise money for Bucks for Books from 9 am to 1 pm on Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd in the Southworth Library Haskell Auditorium. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the library April 28th through April 30th between 9 am and 8 pm. No clothing, stuffed animals or electronics.
On Tuesday March 25th, the Boston Globe contains an editorial on the subject of privatizing the Dartmouth and Tewksbury Public Libraries. A committee in town is investigating possible town services that could go private and has included the public library for consideration. The editorial states,
“FACED WITH tight budgets, the towns of Dartmouth and Tewksbury are thinking about privatizing their libraries. The impulse is understandable, given anemic revenues and spiraling costs. But libraries should remain wholly public entities. Libraries serve as the heart and mind of their communities, welcoming preschool children to the world of reading and connecting adults to books, movies, music and the vast reaches of the Internet. They aren’t as vital as police or fire services, but neither are they as easily outsourced as park maintenance or garbage collection.”
The library has been showing up in local newspapers frequently in recent days and even on television on Channel 10’s evening news on Friday March 21st at 5 and 6 pm.
The Boston Globe articles:
Support for Libraries Overdue 3/25/08 Boston Globe Editorial.
2 Towns Weigh Privatizing Libraries 3/20/08 by Connie Paige.
New Bedford Standard Times articles:
Library Web Site Has Candidate Information, Video Interviews 3/18/08 by Curt Brown.
New Bedford Standard Times letters to the Editor :
Parents can’t homeschool without libraries 3/23/08 by Bernard Roth.
Library SOS 3/21/08 by Hope Atkinson.
Librarians Keep Collection Vital 3/20/08 by Ellen Hamilton.
Let’s Not Trash Our Libraries 3/18/08 by Richard Ward.
Support Libraries in Override Vote 3/19/08 by Denise Medeiros.
The Chronicle (Dartmouth weekly paper) articles
FinCom Reviews Police and Library Budgets 3/12/08 by Daniel King.
Local Cable’s access channel in Dartmouth, DCTV Channel 18, has begun airing interviews of Dartmouth town officials outlining the Override Questions on the April 1st 2008 ballot and the expected impact of a yes or no vote. Departments featured include:
- Council on Aging
- Town Hall Departments
- Department of Public Works
- School Department
- Police Department
- Park & Recreation
View the Schedule for when these interviews air and learn more about the changes in town services that will result depending on the election.
Library Trustee Paul Pereira interviews Library Director Denise Medeiros on the subject of the April 1, 2008 Election in Dartmouth. Two ballot questions asking for an override of Prop. 2 1/2 pertain directly to the library as well as a debt exclusion question which would fund a new roof, paving the parking lot and a HVAC system for Southworth Library. Denise discusses what the consequences of a yes or no vote will mean, including possible loss of certification, resource-sharing with other libraries, staff layoffs, reduced hours and greatly reduced budget for book buying.
Watch the videos:
The second annual mystery theater in the library bash was a big success. The evening featured a colorful cast of local town notables and the play was peppered with jokes about Dartmouth town government budgets, etc. Library Director Denise Medeiros as “Lotta Books” was a convict (last year’s criminal in the first annual bash) out on library confinement complete with a ball and chain and mohawk hairdo. Selectman Joseph Michaud played an attorney (he is one in real life) and Ed Iacaponi, the town’s budget director was Rocky Stallion, this year’s murder victim. Who dunnit? The audience had clues throughout the library and could fill out a police report with their guess. Ed’s daughter was the winner who guessed Nurse Ratchett. She won a mystery written by a local author, kindly donated by Baker Books.
Silent Auction items such as framed Norman Rockwell prints and massages, winery tours and a sail with Community Boating rounded out the action. Cardoza’s catered the event and ran the cash bar. All food and drink was donated by them and all present raved about the dinner buffet.
The audience featured a veritable who’s who in town with Select Board members Bob Carney, Diane Gilbert, Nat Diaz and Kathleen Horan McLean present. A huge thank-you to all the volunteers for this effort and to the Dartmouth Library Foundation for all their hard work involved in this fundraiser that is always fun, fun, fun.
This year’s second annual mystery theater fundraiser at Southworth Library will take place on Friday March 14th. Cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres will begin at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of Cardoza’s Wine, Spirits and Food Emporium. The murder mystery production begins at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will also be held with donated items such as a guided tour of a local winery, an indoor tennis package and a sunset sail from Community Boat.
The cast of local notables includes: Edward Iacaponi as Rocky Stallion, Joseph Michaud as the Shyster Attorney, Dexter Meed as Heathcliff Bux, Henry Bousquet as Porky Prudhomme, Dr. Stephen Russell as Guy Happy, Steven Sullivan as Indy Kowalski, Captain Scott Brooks as Lt. Columbus, Sarah Storer-Rickson as Madonna Bux, Deborah Cunha as Nurse Ratchet, Shannon Jenkins as Jane Brotne and Denise Medeiros as Lotta Books.
Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at Southworth Library, Baker Books and Cardoza’s Food Emporium. All proceeds benefit the Dartmouth Library Foundation, actively involved in raising money to supplement our library material budget shortfall.