For over a decade, Westporters have known Maxine Bleiweis is the best librarian in the world.
Now it’s official.
Okay, it’s not a global title. But the Westport Library‘s long-serving director has just been named Outstanding Librarian by the Connecticut Library Association. She’ll be honored next Tuesday, at their 120th annual convention in Stamford.
In announcing the honor, the CLA said:
Throughout her career, a hallmark of her philosophy has been keeping libraries at the forefront of meeting community needs; she is known for predicting trends and finding ways to meet needs as they emerge. One of her earliest initiatives in Westport continues successfully today—specifically addressing the needs of the business community. She continues to be a pioneer, now by exploring what libraries can do best in the digital age.
Others cite her infectious energy and enthusiasm, her wonderful people skills, prudent fiscal management, the innovative public service model she has developed, and her leadership both within and outside the Library.
During her 13-year tenure in Westport, a community of 26,000, Library program attendance has doubled and circulation has grown to the point the Library is the 8th busiest in all of New England. She has also been instrumental in securing new community-based financial support through an event that honors luminaries including Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Martin Scorsese among others.
“06880” has given plenty of shout-outs to our library. In part that’s because today’s library is a vibrant, exciting — sometimes even raucous — cog of our community. It’s no longer the don’t-say-a-word, just-borrow-a-book place of yore. It now hums with activity and life.
Much of that is Maxine Bleiweis’ doing. Today, “06880” proudly joins all of Westport — and the Connecticut Library Association — in a roar of applause for our peerless, fearless Outstanding Librarian.