Monday - Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm Friday: 10 am to 5 pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm
Summer Hours* (July-Aug.)
Monday: Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm Friday: 10 am to 2 pm Saturday: Closed Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm
The Flint Public Library is located in Middleton Square, at the junction of Routes 114 (South Main Street) and 62, between Pleasant and Lake Streets. Take either street to the parking lot behind the building. The main entrance, handicapped accessible, is located there.
Click here for a tour of the Flint Public Library featuring current Library staff members!
Director - Melissa Gaspar Assistant Director - Judy Gallerie Circulation/ILL Librarian - Claudia Johnson Adult Services - Loretta Swift, Justin Liberti Program Coordinator - Elizabeth MacGregor Children's Librarian - Lisa Rundquist Children’s Librarian Assistant – Darcy Bucchiere Pages - Nicole Cardarelli, Kylie Donahue, Renaldo Musto, Mary Ann Orfanos
Current Flint Public Library Board Members
Melissa Stankus, Chair
Brenda Kirwan Gretchen Hover Moreschi Shirley Raynard Peter Vantine, treas.
Profile of the Flint Public Library
Middleton has always been interested in maintaining a library for its citizens. As early as 1772, a social library was founded by the Reverend Elias Smith. In 1838, another library association was established by Dr. E.S. Phelps with 46 members and 84 volumes, but it was short-lived. The present Flint Library originated as an association formed in 1865 with John M. Peabody as President. This association flourished and was turned over to the town in 1879 after the Honorable Charles L. Flint, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, wrote a letter to the Selectmen of Middleton suggesting that notice be taken of the 150th anniversary of incorporation of the Town by establishing a Public Town Library, free to all. Mr. Flint offered $1,000.00 to help start a library provided the Town would appropriate $400.00 for necessary expenses.
In 1891, $10,000 was bequeathed to the town under the will of the Honorable Charles L. Flint for the purposes of erecting a permanent building for use as a free public library. Located in Middleton Square, so that it could be centrally sited, the library was built of brick with Nova Scotia sandstone trimmings and a slate roof. The interior finish is of cypress, with birch floors and furniture of highly polished oak. The entire book collection amounted to 5,000 volumes, representing accumulations from earlier private library associations and the personal library and writings of Charles L. Flint.
Over the years, the library has remained architecturally unchanged, with a 1978 renovation of its basement for a Children's Department. Presently, the library contains more than 40,000 books, 1300 videotapes, 1100 audiotapes, passes to Boston's major museums and activities in the Boston area, and subscriptions to more than 185 periodicals. Seven computers are available to the public for Internet searching and MS Office products. Annually, the library hosts more than 150 programs dedicated to cultural, recreational or educational subjects. For children, story hour sessions and after-school programs are offered on a weekly basis as the library is committed to promoting reading and literacy to the community's youth. Maintaining a cooperative relationship with Middleton's educational institutions, the Flint Public Library hosts school classes visiting the library on a weekly basis for materials to support research and leisure reading. Adults are taking part in the Flint's new roster of programs for them, including the popular Book Discussion Series. The library also is committed to delivering library material to the elderly and homebound via the Outreach Program.
The library boasts healthy circulation and attendance statistics with more than half of its nearly 8,000 residents owning library cards. The library participates in a regional consortium wherein books at other libraries, both public and academic, can be located and borrowed by Middleton residents at no cost. The Flint Public Library makes its resources available to the community 51 hours per week.
The library is supported through the Town of Middleton and overseen by an elected Board of Library Trustees, elected for three-year terms and responsible for overseeing policy decisions. The day-to-day operation of the library is entrusted to the Library Director.
Flint Public Library Trustees
The Trustees of the Flint Public Library exist by virtue of the provision of Chapter 78, Sections 10-13 and 21 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and exercise the powers and authority and assume the responsibilities delegated to the Board under the said Statutes. The Flint Trustees' governing body consists of five elected members, and the term of office of each trustee is three years. The responsibilities of the Flint Trustees are:
Engage in an ongoing planning process which accesses the needs of the library and the role of the library within the community and insure that the library develops to meet those needs;
Employ a Library Director who meets the Board of Library Commissioners' standards, including requirements to meet the State Library Incentive Grant Program;
Prepare a written employment contract for the Director, detailing the basic conditions of employment, as provided by the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 78, Section 34;
Evaluate the performance of the Director annually;
Develop guidelines for staff selection;
Establish a written policy for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities which is in accordance with the current standards of the American Library Association;
Determine the policies of the library and maintain a written record thereof;
Advise in the preparation of the budget, approve same, and secure adequate funds to finance the approved budget;
Through the Library Director, supervise and maintain buildings and grounds, as well as regularly review various physical building needs to see that they meet the requirements of the total library program;
Attend meetings with municipal finance and administrative boards;
Speak and act as advocates for libraries in the community and maintain vital public relations.
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for the second Monday every month at 7 pm. Board Meetings are held in the library's Trustees Room and are open to the public.
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