The second Mini Maker Faire attracts 3,500 people with 20% more “makers” participating. The Library wins a $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to expand MakerSpace offerings including monthly Makers-in-Residence, tours, workshops and camps for people of all ages. The grant establilshed the Library as a role model for how libraries can change to adapt to a community’s changing needs and encourage economic development.
A group of Russian librarians visited the Library as part of a trip to the US that included the Library of Congress and Harvard University. The Library earned “5-Star Status” from Library Journal. The award is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community.The Library and its MakerSpace is featured on the cover of the national publication Library Journal. Ebook offerings expanded with the addition of the service 3M Cloud Library. Two streaming services were added, providing free movies, music and audiobooks for patrons. Plans to renovate the building were informally introduced to the public and the approval process by the town of Westport began with presentations to governmental bodies. The WestportREADS selection is The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. The BOOKED for the evening honoree is movie titan Barry Levinson.