Libraries are the Past’s Present to the Future

The late Harry Crews wrote, “As far back as I could remember, I had longed and lusted for an unlimited supply of books … When I got to my first duty station [in the Marine Corps] and walked into the base library, it was like throwing a starving man a turkey … I remained convinced in my belief that all anybody needed to develop as a writer was access to a good library.” While every one of our students may not become a writer, there’s no better place to learn; to let one’s imagination wander and flourish; to explore the world of the past, present, and the future; and to connect with our own humanity through the shared humanity of others.

Our Home

Our offices are in the lower level of the Westbrook Public Library. They’re afforded us, at no charge, through the generosity of the Library and the Town of Westbrook. We’re proud to partner with the Library to meet the needs of emerging adult readers and all students of the English language.

We thank the Library for all it does for us, for our tutors, and for our students.

Through a grant from the Westbrook Foundation, the Library offers free access to Mango Languages, an online language study program. In addition, the Library has a special collection of materials for tutors and students to supplement our own collection.

The Library’s hours of service are:

  • Tuesday           9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday      9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday          9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday               9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday           9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and Monday

Anytime you come to visit our office, please go upstairs and browse through the Library. You’ll be almost as grateful as we are.

Killingworth Library

After their Annual Book Sale, a gentleman from the Killingworth Library came to our office in the lower level of the Westbrook Library and asked if we’d be interested in taking some books. We said, “Yes.”

He said, “Follow me.”

We followed him to his van, which was full of books. When we gratefully took all of them, he said, “If you want more, I’ll be back.”

We said, “We do.”

He came back four more times. You can never re-pay that kind of generosity. You can only be thankful for it and humbled by it. We are.

The Library’s hours of service are:

  • Monday            10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday            10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday      10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday          10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday               10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday           10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday

Whenever you visit the Killingworth Library, please tell them their friends at LVVS are forever in their debt.

Essex Library

We first met Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library, at an event at the Ivoryton Playhouse. We next spent time with him when we were invited to a Valley Shore Library Directors Roundtable. Richard didn’t seem troubled that the roundtable was conducted at a rectangular table. Neither were we. And we enjoyed his company immensely.

Since, like all of the people and libraries featured on this page, Richard and his staff members perform a valuable service simply by their work and their presence in the community, we’re pleased to feature them on this page.

The Library’s hours of service are:

  • Monday            10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday            10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday      10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday          10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday               10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday           10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday

The next time you’re in Essex, stop in the Library and ask about the rectangular roundtable.

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