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Susan Prentice March 28, 2014 at 05:08 PM
This is a great opportunity for talented students to show their work and attain bragging rights.Read MoreBut it is also a great learning experience to learn about displaying and presenting your work. As artists, it may be something you will be doing throughout your entire creative life. And maybe you can shake hands with the Governor's wife!! Go for it!
Jennifer Picken April 03, 2014 at 01:04 PM
A online petition has been created. To show your opposition to this gas station e-mail atRead MoreLatimerFa rmsWell@gmail.com or us this link www.thepetitionsite.com/995/186/595/block-developmemt-plans-to-build-a-gas-station-in-our-neighborhood/ Thank you for your support
Diana March 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
This is the craziest dialogue I think I've ever seen here! I think the responses to Karen from Mrs. Read MoreButts, and then the later accusation (Simsbury Library)are irresponsible and mean- spirited. I guess I should put on my armor now, because I have now put myself in the firing line. Btw..I also think our library is an incredible, extraordinary facility ..much better than many in our state. With all the seemingly paranoid accusations here, I'm wondering if Simsbury Library retort is actually from the library? If that is from an employee there, I think they should be outed and chastised for making such an erroneous accusation! This is unethical, unprofessional, and it grieves me to think that a town employee is making a public accusation on a public forum erroneously. Bad form. Karen, welcome to Nutty-town!
SimsburyLibrary March 18, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Diana, I am not the SimsburyLibrary but I am able to post to this board using the name. My realRead Morename is Nathan. I really love the Simsbury Library and I don't want anyone to think badly of it. I don't really believe that anyone from the library would post on this board. I love all the ladies there, they are so helpful. I think someone is trying to make the library look bad to fit their own agenda. I agree with you Diana in believing that the answer did not come from the library at all.
Diana March 19, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Nathan, are you also Barbara and Mrs. Butts? I googled her name and she isn't real either. Too bad Read Morean open forum san go so open loop crazy.
Roberta Butts March 14, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Karen, you are an amazing woman. How is it that someone who only visits the library is soRead Moreknowledgea ble about how it is run? You certainly have an opinion about everything. I guess anyone can have an opinion even if they don't know anything about the subject they are giving an opinion on. Obviously the position of library directer is not one of supreme commander. She must answer to the library board and the board of selectmen who also answer to the board of finance. Since all these boards have not commented that hiring a teen librarien will create a strain on the budget I don't understand why you aer so bothered by it. As the parent of teenagers I was dismayed by the fact that the teen center closed down. Maybe you live in a McMansion Karen but I work hard to live in simsbury and pay my taxes like everyone else. It's a hardship and no I don't drive a fancy car like you claim not too. But as a parent I suport the addition of a teen librarian. The schools shut down by 4 and their is nothing for my kids to participate in. Unlike yours Karen my children's days are not filled with sports and private lessons. They need a safe place to be with other teens doing something constructive - which a teen librarian can do by keeping them engaged. It's good to see Karen that you use the library. You've seen all the hearts around - I have too - did you fill one out? I did because I support the library. Maybe you just go in to write asinine letters on the Patch on the free computers. If you don;t know the word asinine you can look it up in the free dictionary in the library. Maybe the next time you want to "share" your opinion in public youll get your facts correct. Have you even looked at the budget for all the departments? The police are getting two full time policemen - that's probablely because of the high crime rate in Simsbury and the public works department is getting a full time position. guess my taxes are going to skyrocket because everyone is getting full time employees!!!!! Why aren't you c omplaining about those costs? Try not attacking people before you know your facts and you won't look so idiotic next time. Oh and by the way - that's my opinion - just like yours.
Chris Morkan March 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Thank you so much for your passion for these issues. I sincerely appreciate that the tax dollarsRead Moreyou are scrutinizing are mine as well as yours. To your point there is a great deal of American Library Association research on the need for Teen Services and also a 2013 Pew Foundation survey that found "72 percent of 16- to 17-year-old's used a public library in 2012" which while not evaluating the quality of this "use", I am sure you would agree this is a great deal of traffic considering only 94% of this same group utilize Facebook. While our town population of 12 - 18 year old's of approximately 1,974, is diminishing today as evidenced by the school populations, it is also very likely to effected by the changing demographics of the town and its increase in rental housing. I fully appreciate that even though adding this position will not add to the Library's expense that does not in and of itself make it worthwhile. But I do believe this an under- served group and we won't know what progress we can make until we try and then evaluate our progress. I would also offer that in today's information age the need for research skills for young adults has been somewhat replaced by a need to critically analyze the volume of search data and the evaluation of its sources. Unfortunately this has been a skill that the schools have yet to fully incorporate into their curriculum and one that the library will now be better equipped to hone.
Robert Wilson III March 13, 2014 at 05:52 PM
And later in the day wasn't there a brawl between parents at Simsbury High School during theRead MoreSimsbu ry-Brien McMahon boys' basketball game?
Chris Morkan March 11, 2014 at 01:44 PM
Fair observations as far as they go, but information you may not have is that the LibraryRead MoreDirector's salary was vetted extensively and included an analysis of other area, regional, and comparable libraries. While it is impossible for most of us to fully quantify our value to our employers, Lisa is really excellent at what she does and Simsbury is very, very, lucky to have her. In this same respect you are correct that Simsbury enjoys today a number of long standing, talented, and dedicated Liberians, we have and will experience turnover in the coming years. In fact it is due to attrition and the promotion from within the Library staff that the position of the Teen Librarian was revived. This position is not an increase to staff nor an increase to the personnel budget. It is expected that this person will work with the excellent schools Simsbury enjoys and be available during hours that the school resources are not since as you say teens today have a great deal of demands on their time and the school libraries are not available after school hours. While I respect and share your watchful eye toward municipal bloat, I would offer this is not such an instance but rather a recognition and economical response to the need of a currently under-served town population.
Highway Worker March 11, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Great response Chris.....
Marianne O'Neil March 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Thank you, Chris for your very thorough and comprehensive response. Our Library Director has overRead Moretw enty years experience as a Library Director.