Karen Grodell, Scoville Memorial Library’s new director since December 2021, was the 5/31 featured program speaker at Salisbury Rotary’s weekly luncheon at Noble Horizons. Coming to Salisbury after fourteen years directing the Beardsley Library in Winsted, she shared that she was ready for a change and applied when she learned of the opening and is happy to be here. Noting that SML was established in 1895, making it the oldest publicly funded library in the US, the Library as we know it today grew from two historic libraries, one of which received town tax dollars in 1810.  She reviewed the more recent history of how, during the COVID years, services became more remote, digital and hybrid offerings, much of which continues today, though there is still a major interest in and demand for readers to have and hold real books! FMI: