By the time you read this, I will have retired. Retirement, as
anyone who has faced it surely knows, is both an exhilarating
and terrifying rite of passage. Exhilarating because it offers new
vistas and opportunities, and terrifying for the same reason!
Why did I do this, people ask, since I am still relatively young
and healthy. The answer is simple: this was the absolutely per-
fect time for the library! With the Children's Room project fin-
ished, a strong, service-oriented staff in place, an outstanding
Library Board (as the Library Board has always been) and the
library's fiscal position strong and solid despite difficult eco-
nomic times, it was exactly the right time to hand over the reins.
There have been many changes and accomplishments during my
tenure. When I arrived in 1995 the staff was still using typewrit-
ers. Staffing patterns needed to be re-thought to expedite the
many changes libraries were to face. As paper reference was
supplanted by online databases, as eJournals, eBooks and
eAudiobooks allowed us to create a virtual, digital library
branch, as one library circulation system gave way to another --
and yet another, the staff at LPL upgraded their own skills so
that they could continue to provide outstanding public service. I
am proud of our staff, full-time and part-timers, and only wish
space would permit me to list their names here. (You can find
them in the library's annual report.) I will, however, mention
June Hesler, whose 30+ year tenure at LPL has given her an un-
paralleled institutional memory; as Assistant Director she was
nonpareil, and I am delighted that June has agreed to serve as
Interim Director. The library could not be in better hands.
Some three dozen projects necessary to the physical plant were
undertaken, culminating in upgrading the entire infrastructure of
the1962 portion of the library and Village Center, sometimes
erroneously, if conveniently, termed "the Children's Room pro-
ject." John O'Malley must be singled out for his work on these
and many other projects of all sizes. His skill and dedication
always ensures high-quality, cost-effective results.
The Library Board is the most intelligent, selfless, community-
spirited group of individuals any library has ever been blessed
with. Throughout my tenure there has been no one who has not
proven to be exceptional. We were blessed to have incredibly
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Fall 2011
If you’re interested in reading, music, political history, eco-
nomics, museums, local authors, or learning local history
with your kids, you’re very lucky to live in Larchmont! I'm
the incoming president of the Friends, taking the helm from
my good friend David Kettig, and I'm very excited about the
eclectic lineup of programs we have planned for this fall.
After the spectacular series of events Jackie Paré pro-
grammed last fall and spring, I wondered how she could pos-
sibly raise the bar, but I believe she's done it again. Our Fall
2011 Speaker Series kicked off at the Larchmont Temple
Garden Room at 4 pm on Sunday, September 18, with our
own local authors reading from their works selected for the
Westchester Review. (Our eight impressive fall events are
listed on page 2 of this newsletter and on the Friends’ web
site. I think you'll be impressed!)
The library and our community will dearly miss Diane Court-
ney, who retired in June after a long and productive tenure as
Library Director. In the interim, June Hesler has stepped up
as Acting Director. The Library Board of Trustees has a rela-
tively new Chair in Pamela Tillinghast Dubitsky. June, Pam-
ela and I will work together to support the library and offer a
broad array of literary, musical, artistic and educational pro-
grams for the Larchmont community. We also welcome our
two new board members: Syl Morrone and Wendy Kaufman.
I am grateful to them and to all of the Friends of the Library
for your continuing volunteer work and donations.
My primary goal as president of the Friends is to get every-
one in our community more involved in the tremendous of-
ferings of our library. The Internet, Google and the latest
technological gadgets now afford us mind-boggling access to
information and communication, yet the toll taken by being
constantly connected can be a loss of privacy and self-
determination. Reading can give us a valuable escape from
the dynamic, fast-paced, often stressful lifestyle that so many
of us have come to know. How relaxing it can be to sit back
and begin reading a new book, allowing the author’s words
to carry us away to a different world! Check out a book or
Audiobook or download an eBook; pick up a free paperback
at the Larchmont station to read on the train; visit one of the
finest museums in NYC -- on us; take your child on a Story-
Walk through town and learn some history; spend an hour on
a fall Sunday afternoon listening to an author or musician and
then meet new neighbors and relax with a glass of wine.
There's something here for everyone. Please join us. Open a
new book and read!
by David Calkins