March 13, 2013
Friday, March 15th at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall
As Principal of Pickard Chilton, an architectural practice in New Haven, Bill has directed projects for leading corporate and institutional clients worldwide including the Eaton Headquarters in Cleveland; the ExxonMobil Office Complex in Houston; CalPERS Headquarters in Sacramento as well as projects in the Middle East and Asia. Based on the belief that the practice of architecture is a collaborative art, he will address how the relationships the firm cultivates with clients, consultants and construction professionals is translated into the design of its buildings.
William Chilton has directed projects for leading corporate and institutional clients worldwide including the world headquarters for Eaton Corporation (LEED Gold) in Cleveland, Ohio; Devon Energy World Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 900 New York Avenue (LEED Gold) in Washington D.C.; ExxonMobil Office Complex in Houston, Texas; the US Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters (LEED Gold) near Washington D.C.; AIM Corporate Headquarters in Houston, Texas; and CaIPERS Headquarters Complex (LEED Gold) in Sacramento, California.
Prior to the founding of Pickard Chilton, he was Ellerbe Becket’s President of Architecture and collaborated on such notable buildings as the Science Museum of Minnesota and Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which, when completed, was the tallest mixed-use complex in Europe and the Middle East.
William Chilton received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Iowa State University and Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Iowa State University recognized him with its Design Achievement Award (1995) for distinguished contributions to the arts and the Christian Petersen Design Award (2007), the highest award given by the College of Design. In conjunction with Jon Pickard, he is co-recipient of the 2011 Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni by the University. He is actively involved in teaching, serving in Spring 2010 as Professor in Practice at the University of Minnesota College of Design.
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Click here to see the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series 2012 – 2013, the 2011 -2012 Lecture Series and links to YouTube films of specific Lectures.
Would you like to win an iPad Mini, and help the Essex Library out at the same time? We need your input; the Essex Library Association is developing a strategic plan, which will guide the Library in serving the Essex community for both the next several years and the next generation. A committee headed up by Association President Fred Szufnarowski and Library Director Richard Conroy is working with nationally recognized Library Development Solutions of Princeton, NJ to address challenges specific to the delivery of library services during this period of rapid transition to electronic media.
Community outreach will be a key element of the strategic planning process as the Library develops service models to meet the needs of patrons and residents. We’re asking Essex residents to take a survey, either on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Essexlibrary or at the Library, on paper or a computer set up for that purpose. Anyone who takes the survey and provides the Library with their email address will be entered in a drawing for an iPad Mini. If you’ve already taken the survey, and didn’t provide an email, you can enter the drawing by calling the Library and giving your email address to the librarian. Community engagement is critical to the success of this initiative.
Some of the questions to be explored during the planning process include:
- What do residents and leaders of Essex expect and need from the library, both now and in the future?
- Does the current vision and mission of the library reflect those needs?
- What are the contemporary roles of the library for the community’s children, teens, older adults and parents?
- How does the library respond with services, collections, staffing, and facilities to meet identified community needs and expected future needs?
- How does the library respond to a quickly changing environment in which the issues of library funding, content and collections, and staffing?
- What are the challenges and barriers associated with creating the Essex Library of the future?
The consultants will facilitate interviews and workshops with key stakeholders, as needed, to ensure the involvement of the community, staff, ELA Board, and town leaders in order to assess residents’ current awareness and satisfaction with library services, programs, collections and the facility and to discuss their ideas for future library services, collections, programs and facilities. Both online and print surveys may be developed and distributed through which residents can contribute open-ended ideas and feedback to the strategic planning team.
Leslie and Alan Burger of Library Development Solutions have worked with many Connecticut libraries, both municipal and association, consortia and boards throughout the state on strategic planning, facilities and funding projects. The consultants will provide a process that includes the community, staff, and director.
Library Development Solutions was founded in 1991 to assist librarians and library boards with strategic planning, building programs, service program design, improvement and evaluation, community needs assessments, and organizational and staff development. In the past few years, they have interviewed over 5,000 library customers and potential customers in focus group sessions and have surveyed over 25,000 individuals to determine their library and information needs.
For more information or to learn how you can participate in the strategic planning process please contact Richard Conroy at (860) 767-1560.
November 30, 2012
The answer is — a gift membership in the Essex Library Association, the perfect holiday gift!
Membership in your local library is a truly meaningful, lasting gift for family and friends. Long after the holiday gifts are used and set aside, a library membership keeps on giving, because it keeps the library thriving.
Membership matters because it provides funding to keep the library doors open, the children’s and adult programs lively and relevant, and the shelves stocked with the best new books, audiobooks and DVDs.
Beyond that, a gift membership makes both the donor and recipient partners of Essex Library in promoting reading, lifelong learning, community spirit, and civic pride.
What better gift could there be?
Membership is available at levels from $35 to $1,000.
And membership does have its perks! Each level of ELA membership comes with an attractive and functional ELA keepsake, including magnets, mugs, totes and boat bags, plus a special treat for children. The recipient of membership will remember your thoughtful gift and your support of the library for years to come. Your donation to the Library is also tax deductible.
July 31, 2012
Learning how to use, or better use, computers can make life a whole lot easier and better. Watch the video below to see how libraries are making a difference in their communities with free computer instruction.
At the Essex Library, you can reserve time for a FREE one-on-one, how-to lesson on basic computer skills, creating an e-mail account, searching and placing holds on the LION catalog, downloading books using our OverDrive service, searching and placing holds on reQuest-the state catalog and conducting research on iCONN-the online databases provided by the state. To Book-A-Librarian please call the Library (860-767-1560).
This fall we’ll be offering programs in the Library for job seekers that include building interview skills, resume help and more. Until then, make use of our online JobNow service: Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.
May 3, 2012
Frustrated by not being able to download new releases in eBooks from your Library? Sign the petition here.
April 8, 2012
Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library and President of the LION consortium (25 academic, public and school libraries located in southern and ventral Connecticut), has sent a letter to Random House notifying the publisher that the 25-library consortium will boycott purchasing Random House eBooks due to their price hike on March 1. The price hike doubled or nearly tripled the price Random House is charging libraries for their eBooks.
According to Conroy, Random House’s pricing of an eBook that would have cost the LION consortium $35 to lease through their OverDrive service on February 29, now costs them $105. “A private individual can purchase the ebook edition of that same book through Amazon for $17.99, which LION consortium members felt made Random House’s decision to raise prices for libraries both discriminatory and totally arbitrary,” Conroy said in a statement emailed to Library Journal.
“The LION consortium feels strongly that it is important for libraries to take a stand against this unfair practice and its disproportionate impact on library users,” says Richard Conroy. The South Shore Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are also boycotting Random House.
December 6, 2011
Food For Fines At The Essex Library
From December 1 through 30, 2011 the Essex Library will be accepting non-perishable food items in exchange for your Essex Library fines. Up to $1.00 will be forgiven for each item you donate.
All items collected will be brought to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. Please be sure that any item you donate has not reached its expiration date. Glass jars and bottles will not be accepted, but we will gladly accept canned goods and anything contained in plastic or a cardboard box.
Start the New Year off right with a clean Essex Library record, while simultaneously helping your neighbors in need!
September 22, 2011
Essex Library patrons–as part of the LION Library system’s Overdrive service, may now download eBooks to their Kindles. The announcement last spring that Kindle compatibility would take place sometime in 2011, followed by the hint this summer that this would happen in September, has proved to be true.
We have put together a few screenshots to walk you through the process. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Library.
Overdrive has kept the download process simple: browse the catalog for a book*,
click “Add to Cart” for your selection
This will redirect you to the Amazon website where you will see the “Get Library Book” button along with a window to select which Kindle device or app you will use for the download.
Next, after dutifully browsing Amazon’s commercial offerings, click “Download Now”.
You can download the book directly using a WI-FI signal depending on your device/app or connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable. If using the latter, when prompted, use the “Save As” option and click OK.
Open your Kindle file on your computer and drag and drop the book into the Documents folder. It will appear on your Kindle immediately.
*It should be noted that the Overdrive service is very popular and many, if not most, of the popular titles will be checked out at any given time. Simply put the book on hold by clicking Request/Hold and you’ll be notified by email when it’s available.
September 21, 2011
Library patrons have been awaiting the ability to borrow ebooks to read on their Kindles. It was hinted earlier this summer that downloads to the Kindle would go live in September. That day is here, if you are a patron of the Seattle Public Library or the King County Library System. These libraries have been selected for the beta testing and it seems to be going well so far. There is still no information as to when Overdrive ebooks will be available for Kindle users nationwide.
What we can tell you is that the ebooks will be available for all Kindle models as well as Kindle apps for other devices and the Kindle Cloud Reader. You’ll have to download via WI-FI or connect your Kindle to a computer with a USB cable as the 3G wireless service is not supported. When you check out your books you’ll be redirected to the Amazon website to login to your Amazon account (or create one if you don’t have one already) and then provide your library card number. As expected, Amazon will be including some offers for you to buy books during the process. Amazon’s “Whispersync” technology will also preserve your digital notes and bookmarks in case you buy the book from Amazon later or check it out a second time. The service is only available in the U.S.
Stay tuned for updates as to when Kindle compatibility will arrive for LION library patrons.
May 16, 2011
On Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m., the Essex Library will present architect Rafael Pelli as part of its Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. Mr. Pelli, a Partner with Pelli, Clark, Pelli will present “It’s Not Easy Being Green; Interesting Environmental Issues In Architecture From Around The World”. The talk will be held at Essex Meadows with wine and cheese served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click here for directions to Essex Meadows.
Rafael Pelli is the Partner directing the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects New York office, established in 2000. Since that time, he has directed the design for several of the firm’s New York projects. These include Bloomberg Tower, a 1.4 million-square-foot, mixed-use high-rise in Midtown that contains the new headquarters for Bloomberg L.P. and the residential condominiums One Beacon Court. Mr. Pelli was the designer of the reconstruction of the World Financial Center, and the lead designer for a new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn. He was also the designer for three high-rise apartment buildings in Battery Park City: the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Visionaire. The three buildings have achieved significant milestones in sustainable design.
For more information on the 2010-2011 Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, please click here.