For the first thirty years of the Library's existence, until May 2001, one professional librarian managed the Library for both the school and the community. The librarian was primarily supported by school funds, with only a small amount of dollars allocated by the City to support the role of community librarian. Effort followed funding source and the community library received less attention than the needs of the high school and its students. During the FY 01 budget process, the City Council approved the hiring of a full-time Community Librarian to better address the community's library needs.
Since the arrival of the Community Librarian, there have been numerous improvements to the Community Library. With the financial assistance of grants obtained through the Vermont Public Library foundation, the Library renovated and expanded its children's library; opened a new entrance on the North side of the building dedicated to the community; and expanded staffing and program offerings to the community, both on-site and through outreach to the city's growing senior population. These changes are consistent with renewed interest in the growth and development of the Library as a vital community resource.
Please keep in mind when visiting the Library that because we are located in a school, Crisis Drills are held routinely. Any person who is in the building during drills or during evacuation or lockdown situations must adhere to the instructions of Library/School personnel.