Editorial: A town treasure

It might come as a surprise to learn that neither Wilton Library’s vision nor mission include a single word about novels, textbooks, or reading groups.

Instead, it expresses the library’s place in the Wilton community in a far broader sense.

“Informed and inspired minds; enriched and connected lives,” its mission reads.

“A lifetime of discovery at the heart of our community,” says its vision.

The advent of the digital age has been a challenge to libraries — threatening those that rely on lending materials with extinction — but inspiration, enrichment and discovery are timeless ideals.

Wilton Library has embraced modern technology in many ways. E-books and services such as Zinio for magazines, IndieFlix for independent movies, and the Naxos Music Library are just a few examples.

The library has gone one step further with the recent opening of its state-of-the-art Innovation Station and a lineup of technology classes to enable patrons to take full advantage of all it has to offer.

At the Innovation Station patrons may access software and hardware they may not have the means, or desire, to purchase for themselves.

  • A computer filled with the top Adobe Creative Suite products is available for use.
  • The first of three 3D printers was installed and put to use for the first time in July. The MakerBot Replicator 2X, featured on page 1A, allows tinkerers young and old to explore their most creative visions and prototypes.
  • A new scanning station will soon allow family photographers to scan their old film negatives into hi-fidelity digital files.
  • A high-performance iMac is equipped with top video editing software — and the computing power to handle it.

With these steps, along with a myriad of other services and events, Wilton Library represents a true gift to the town of Wilton.