Next Winter

As the snow is finally melting after one of the longest, coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, it’s time to move on from this dark and dreary season and start talking about… next winter?  Wait. That can’t be right. Oh well, let’s just see where this is headed.

During the last few months, community members were able to enjoy the ice rink behind the Village Office on Payne Street.  Formerly in Triangle Park, the rink was relocated last year due to vandalism. Although it is smaller than it was in Triangle Park, it has still seen a fair amount of use this winter.

We wholeheartedly support the idea of the rink.  Since winter seems to be a good eight months of the year, it is wonderful to belong to a community that embraces the cold and encourages outdoor recreation no matter the season.  There just seems to be one catch with the current formula – it only caters to those of you that own ice skates. As an institution that believes in free and equal access to services and information and this rink is basically in our own backyard, well, we felt compelled to get involved.

Using our existing lending model (see: books, DVDs, museum passes, American Girl Dolls…) we have been approved by the Village and our Board of Trustees to loan ice skates.  Starting now, if you or someone you know has a pair of skates collecting dust, bring them by the library so that we can check them out for use in your community ice rink! If you have any advice or concerns about this new service, please let us know.

Obviously there is plenty of time to figure out the details between now and then, but we couldn’t contain our excitement, even if it depends on a cold winter.  

-Travis Olivera

Library Director

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2 Responses to Next Winter

  1. Janice Lee Swain says:

    Excellent idea! Thank you for encouraging outdoor winter activities in Hamilton.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Loving all the new innovations at the library!

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