Open House Welcoming Bell Library’s
New Director Stephen Boggs
& The Grand Opening of
Our New Reading Garden
Sunday, June 28th at 2:00 PM
Please join The Library Board of Trustees as they formally welcome Director Stephen Boggs and celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Reading Garden. The Open House will be held Sunday, June 28th 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Bell Library. Refreshments will be served; provided by the Bell Library Friends Group.
Stephen was officially hired in January of 2015 and has been building upon the many successes at the library by previous library directors. To start, he has created a small conference room at the very front of the library and refurbished one of the former daycare rooms into a large conference room, both for public use. He has turned another of the former daycare rooms into a media center, which houses DVDs, audio books, and reference materials as well as three additional computer stations. This certainly helps with current overcrowding in the main library.
Stephen comes to us from the New Carlisle Public Library where he was Library Director for nearly 30 years. Among his many achievements there: Mr. Boggs spearheaded the construction of a new 26,000 sq. ft. library building, which enabled the Town of New Carlisle to occupy the original 1921 Carnegie building. The New Carlisle Public Library was also recognized as a 5 star library two times during his tenure.
He looks forward to the continual challenges of meeting the needs of library patrons who are served by smaller libraries and to continue to integrate the library into the community.
Bell Library's Reading Garden was made possible by money received from community members, establishing an Endowment Fund. This fund is being used for the purpose of leaving a lasting legacy to the community. The Library Board of Trustees decided to use the money for the establishment of an outside memorial garden to be used by the public during daylight hours for reading and reflection. The area has been landscaped and seating provided. This area will serve not only as a quiet area for community patrons but also as an enhancement to our town.
The Library Board has designated the columns that line the outside of this new area for business donations to help defray costs. The Board would like to encourage local businesses to be a part of this project by donating to our Endowment Fund. Any column purchased by a business will have the name of the business displayed on the column.
As part of the development of this area, the Library Board is also offering patrons an opportunity to purchase an inscribed paver brick to serve as a memorial for an individual, family, or business. These bricks may be inscribed with up to four lines. Each line will contain up to 12 spaces (including blanks). These bricks will then be incorporated in to the walkway throughout the outdoor area. For more information please contact Roger Moriarty,
Board President, at 574-353-7938.