Winter 2012
Happy New Year from the Friends of the Larchmont Li-
brary! The holidays are behind us and a new spring sea-
son begins. Our VP of Programs, Jackie Paré, has
planned another exciting and eclectic array of speakers
for our Sunday afternoon series, beginning January 15
with political activist Ben Case. If classical music is
more to your liking, don't miss the Watanabe brothers'
performance on Jan 22. The range of book reading topics
includes Christian Science, yoga, and Simon & Gar-
funkel. There are also films on the environment and a
pilgrimage, and other programs devoted to music, politics
and drama. Our calendar offers something for everyone
in the community, so please come out and take advantage
of the opportunity.
If you haven't visited our library recently, I urge you to
go check out a book, DVD or e-book. While you're
there, take a look at our brand new circulation desk. It
was a much needed improvement to our library and the
Friends made a contribution toward its construction as a
tribute to former Library Director Diane Courtney. We
thank you once again, Diane, for your many years of bril-
liant and dedicated service to our library!
If, like my mother, you were lucky enough to receive an
e-book reader as a holiday gift and are now hopelessly
lost on how to use it, the Larchmont Public Library is
here to help. The world is quickly changing as technol-
ogy continues to drive the way we read, learn, communi-
cate and experience the world. Come to the library for
help or visit our web site for more information on how to
download e-books for your reading pleasure.
This past fall, Friends board member Wendy Raso organ-
ized the inaugural Scarecrow Festival (see page 5 for
photos), a community event that raised money for the
library, recruited new Friends and planted 23 scarecrows
on the library's front lawn during the Village's Ragamuf-
fin Parade. Bravo to Wendy on a great new idea and wel-
come to all of our new Friends! We hope to make this a
tradition for Larchmont.
Working on the board of the Friends continues to be a
highly rewarding experience for me. I thank all of you
who are Friends for your continuing volunteer work and
contributions in support of our library and community.
Much is happening at the library these days! Following Diane
Courtney‘s retirement over the summer, June Hesler, the li-
brary‘s assistant director, has taken over as interim director.
June has been with our library for more than 30 years, and her
extensive knowledge of the library‘s operations as well as her
patient and calm demeanor have been invaluable to the staff
and the Board as we transition to new leadership.
In addition, there have been changes to our Board of Direc-
tors. David Birch and Joan Macfarlane both retired after many
years of dedicated service, and two new members – Iven Taub
and Maureen Moriarty – have joined the Board. The Board‘s
most important task right now is to find an excellent new di-
rector. Our first step this fall was to survey the library staff,
asking what each of them considers to be important qualifica-
tions for a director. We also met with and sought advice from
two former Board chairs, Bill Dentzer and Miriam Curnin, as
well as Friends‘ board member Bob Leopold. The library di-
rector‘s job is a civil service position, so the next step was to
clarify and follow the step-by-step civil service selection
process. In addition, we‘ve advertised the position in a num-
ber of periodicals, which has given us a wide pool of appli-
cants from which to select. We are currently interviewing can-
didates and hope to have a new director in place within the
next few months.
This fall has also been a time of much work on the library
building, including installation of a new boiler and repairs
made in connection with some flooding from heavy rains.
Most significantly, the Board is focusing on the repair of the
front columns and balustrade above, all of which have dete-
riorated significantly through the years. We spent consider-
able time researching various alternatives, with a particular
emphasis on repairing the columns and balustrade economi-
cally but also ensuring that the repairs last for many years.
The size of the project means it is subject to an extensive and
time-consuming public bidding process. Our goal is to select
the contractor this winter and begin the repairs in the early
spring. It will be necessary to close the front entranceway dur-
ing some of the project, re-routing patrons through another
entranceway, but we expect the work to be completed by the
end of May.
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