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Library & Park Policies

The Westerly Public Library & Wilcox Park offer a variety of programs that promote the enjoyment of reading and provide information for the community in keeping with our mission to "stimulate the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature, and the arts."

It is our policy to provide an accessible place for cultural and educational activities. (Long Range Plan, Priority 5, 2003-8) It is our policy to affirm First Ammendment rights of individuals and groups to express and hear all points of view, in line with the American Library Association Code of Ethics, II: "We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources."

The library's decision to co-sponsor programs is based upon quality, space availability, and community interest, regardless of the beliefs or affiliaitons of those making the request. (ALA Library Bill of Rights VI) All library-sponsored or co-sponsored programs are open to the public, handicapped accessible, and free of charge.

Organizations wishing to hold closed meetings must complete application forms and pay rental fees.

Public Programs may include but are not limited to: Book discussions and lectures, Concerts in the auditiorium or park bandstand, Stories and crafts for children, Workshops for all ages in writing, chess, horticulture, the arts, Theater and story telling performances, Films, slide-shows, power-point presentations.