Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, October 5th in observance of Yom Kippur. 

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2022 Letter from the Director

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

2021 continued many of the challenges of 2020. However, despite those pandemic related challenges, library staff was undeterred and continued to push the library ever forward.

We cemented new relationships with the Harborfields School District, working together to support the educational needs of students in our community. Our participation in the first annual Greenlawn Nights with the Greenlawn Civic Association was a huge success. We also reimagined our annual Storybook Halloween to allow for more social distancing while partnering with the Greenlawn Civic Association’s Safe Halloween. We launched a new website with programing, room booking and online chat software – completely updating our digital presence. 2021 will also be remembered for the Great Broadway Landscaping Project – which completely updated our physical presence! Our community digitization project continued to expand, allowing patrons to bring in older VHS, 8mm, audio tape, negatives and slides to be digitized. New book discussion groups were launched and hybrid (in-person and virtual) exercise classes were added.

In addition, 2021 marked the beginning of our journey to becoming a Sustainable Library. Once achieved, this nationally recognized designation will confirm our pledge to sustainable practices in building maintenance, purchasing, collections, programs and services in order to ensure economic feasibility, environmental stewardship and social justice for our community.

Our staff accomplished all of the above - and much more - while still maintaining our day to day excellence. Our programming, customer service, safety and building maintenance is unmatched. A public library is a service industry - our strength lies in the people who work here. It is their creativity, dedication and kindness that make Harborfields Library what it is.

The Library Board of Trustees and Administration are mindful of the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on the Harborfields Community. After two years of a 0% increase, we believe that we can continue our high standards of service and improve our building with an overall tax increase of 0.5%.

As always, thank you to the entire Harborfields Community for your support and we look forward to another year of working with you!

Sincerely,
Ryan Athanas
Library Director

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