Short Takes from the Bedford Free Public Library ~ June, 2019

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By Dot Bergin

What captured the Library Trustees attention in June?  Replacing Ray Barry, leading the Minuteman Library Network, and the summer reading program!

After an intensive search, the Library has a new Building and Systems Manager, to replace recently retired Ray Barry.

At the June 11 Trustees meeting, Library Director Richard Callaghan announced the hiring of Bedford resident Robert Prescott, who will begin his duties on July 1.  As Callaghan said, managing a large, complex and “mature” facility such as the Library calls for a combination of skills: knowledge of electronics, mechanical systems, and computers, to call out a few.  Prescott has this skill set and furthermore, was actually employed by the Library some 20 years ago, as a custodian. He is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology.

In other news, Director Richard Callaghan will become president of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN) on July 1. He currently serves on the Board of Directors.  If you are new to Bedford, you will soon learn how invaluable MLN is to all Library users.  When our Library doesn’t have a title, we go to MLN, which holds nearly 6 million items. Loans between the libraries in the Network totaled nearly 2 million in 2018. This is why the book you requested may bear the imprint of Framingham or Wayland or any of the 41 Metrowest libraries that make up the network

Summer reading programs are now in full swing; the Teen program began on June 17, and the Adult Summer Reading Program will begin in July. Teens who read books and write reviews will be entered into a weekly drawing for different prizes.  There will also be weekly prizes for adult readers, ending in a grand prize at the end of summer.  Patrons may register online for the reading programs using the Library’s new Beanstack software. Here’s how to do it: https://bedfordlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365.

The Trustees’ next meeting is set for Tuesday, July 9.  There will be no meeting in August.