Astronomy Day at Southworth Library May 10th 11 a.m.

May 7, 2008

Gerald Dyck Astronomer

Rain or shine! Please join local astronomer, Gerald Dyck, when he brings his solar telescopes to the Southworth Library to show off the wonders of the sun. Bring the whole family for an hour-long session of safe solar viewing and discussion, outside if weather permits, in the Haskell Auditorium if cloudy. Astronomy Day is a national celebration the joys of observing the sky with a telescope. Be part of the fun! Program is free and no signup is necessary. All ages welcome.


Martha Munro – Trust Fund Established and Memorial Service May 3rd

May 2, 2008

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth on 17 Middle St. The family has invited all of Martha’s friends to join in this celebration of her life.

The Dartmouth Library Foundation has now established the Martha Munro Trust Fund in her memory for her service as a Library Trustee and library supporter. Donations to the trust should be sent to the Dartmouth Library  Foundation, Inc. 732 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth, MA 02748.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale Fundraiser for the Library

April 29, 2008

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.

Customer Service Survey to Shape New Hours and Services

April 18, 2008

Your feedback is important to us. We are currently conducting a survey to help us in providing services in the FY09 budget cycle which begins July 1, 2008. Printed copies of the survey are available in the library and an online version of the survey is also available.

The survey asks you about additional hours you would like us to open – mornings, evenings or Sunday afternoons. It asks you what types of programs you would enjoy such as computer training, book clubs at different times of the day and speaker programs. It also asks if you would like an in-house browsing only collection of magazines to offset the current policy of allowing the newest issues of magazines to immediately circulate.

We invite our feedback and input as we prepare to implement a budget for this July through next June that restores our funding to more normal levels.

Positive Dartmouth Town Election Results for the Library

April 1, 2008

On April 1, 2008, a Dartmouth Town Election was held concerning Prop. 2 1/2 override questions, a debt exclusion question and seats in town government such as Select Board and School Committee. The election’s outcome carried much significance for the public library because the outcome of the election would ultimately determine the likelihood of the library retaining its certification. The library-specific override question in the menu approach to requests was successful.

Question 2: Passes

Shall the Town of Dartmouth be allowed to assess an additional $89,874 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the Public Library for library books, materials, and for operational costs for the Southworth Library, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.

Yes: 4,681

No: 4,186

The other override question which involved the library was the general government question. If that question did not pass, three professional librarians and a custodian would have been laid off. This question also passed.

Question 5: Passes

Shall the Town of Dartmouth be allowed to assess an additional $1,511,405 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the operating budgets of the Town for the following categories: Public Safety (which includes Animal Control, Building Department, Emergency Management Agency, Parking Control, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Street Lights and Traffic Lights), Department of Public Works, Veterans’ Services, Health and Sanitation, Council on Aging, General Government, Libraries, and Park & Recreation, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.

Yes: 5,006

No: 3,839

The final election issue related to the library was the debt exclusion question. If that question passed, the library’s roof would have been repaired, a heating/ventilation system would have been replaced and the parking lot would have been resurfaced. This question did not pass.

Question 7: Fails

Shall the Town of Dartmouth be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund the costs of (i) Department of Public Works Road Reconstruction and Garage Building Expansion, (ii) Southworth Library Roof Replacement, Heating Venting and Air Conditioning System replacement and Parking Lot resurfacing, (iii) Police Department Parking Lot resurfacing, (iv) Town Hall and Office Buildings Renovations including energy efficient mechanical system upgrades, (v) Public Schools Window Replacement and (vi) Elevator Installation at the Quinn Elementary School, including all costs incidental and related thereto?

Yes: 4,184

No: 4,603

Thank-you to all the voters who came out in support of the library. Our aim is to serve you and we are now much better equipped to continue striving to achieve excellence in meeting the community’s informational needs.

Friends of the Library Booksale/Bakesale March 27-29, 2008

March 27, 2008


On Thursday, March 27th from 5-7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries will hold a members only preview booksale. Be sure to mark your calendar and browse the wares in the Southworth Library Auditorium. If you are not already a member, you can join the Friends at the door for 10.00 per year, 15.00 per family.

On Friday, March 28th and Saturday, 29th the general sale will be held from 9am-3pm. Saturday will also feature a bake sale.

Boston Globe Editorial on Dartmouth Library Privatization

March 25, 2008

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.”

Read the entire editorial.