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What's Happening

HPLF to Provide $10,000 to Launch a “Library of Things”

Since its inception ten years ago, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has contributed $1 million toward the cost of the Library renovation and expansion. In honor of its 10-year anniversary of supporting our Library, the Foundation is committing $10,000 to launch a “Library of Things” at Hopkinton Public Library.

Wildly popular at libraries across the nation, a “Library of Things” expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials to include physical items such as technology, instruments, equipment, games and other objects for loan to the community. A natural expansion of the Library’s existing lending model, this new collection will offer patrons the opportunity to explore, play and learn from the “Library of Things” catalogue or to try items before you buy them.

By funding a “Library of Things,” Hopkinton Public Library Foundation aims to provide the physical tools needed to support lifelong learning and creativity, and provide new ways for kids and adults to interact and explore. As such, the collection will greatly enhance the Library’s mission to “inspire exploration, discovery and engagement” in our community.

Library staff are eagerly planning the initial offerings available in our “Library of Things.” If you have an idea for an item to include in this new collection, please reach out to Library Director Heather Backman at hbackman@hopkintonma.gov or keep any eye out for a community survey about the “Library of Things.”

Announcing the Library’s 5-Year Strategic Plan and FY22 Action Plan

Last fall and winter, our Library asked for feedback on library programs and services as Library Director Heather Backman and staff planned for the future. Thank you to the many people who shared their thoughts! The Library heard you – and used your valuable input to create a new plan to guide the library’s work for the next five years.

You can read the Hopkinton Public Library FY2022-27 Strategic Plan here!

This plan identifies five priority areas that the Library will work within to achieve its mission to “inspire exploration, discovery, and engagement as we enrich and strengthen the social network of our diverse community.”

Those priority areas are:

  • Connecting our community
  • Providing access to education, arts, culture, and knowledge
  • Creating an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for all
  • Striving to deliver an exceptional, customer-focused user experience
  • Stewarding and obtaining resources to accomplish strategic priorities

Complementing its new Strategic Plan, the Library recently announced its FY22 Action Plan. This plan describes the specific projects the Library will pursue in the next year as it strives to achieve its mission to “inspire exploration, discovery, and engagement as we enrich and strengthen the social network of our diverse community.” Each year, Library staff will create Action Plans that detail the specific steps the Library will take in the coming year to improve operations and services to the community.

HPLF Purchases 3D Printer for Our Library

Keeping with our mission of improving Hopkinton Library, HPLF purchased a 3D printer and laptop for patrons to use at the Library. While the Library was closed, Hopkinton High’s The Shield Team used the 3D printer for 310 hours to make 121 face shields. The 3D printer will soon be available for patrons to use at the Library! Stay tuned for updates.

Roddey Dowd to Run the 2021 Boston Marathon for the Library!

Roddey Dowd will take the starting line for Hopkinton Public Library in the 2021 Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11! Last year, Roddey raised $14,680 in his 2020 Boston Marathon effort for our Library (without even stepping foot on the course)! We are so appreciative of his fundraising and thankful to those who gave to his marathon run for our Library!

To contribute to his 2021 marathon effort, please visit here!