August 06, 2020TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro Free Library Director Christie Sarles plans to retire at the end of August.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time," said Sarles when asked how she came to the decision, "and now seems right."
Seeing the building renovation and addition through was her main priority, she says, and "making sure the library is in good hands."
Dennis Guilmette, on staff for twelve years, will move into the top position, a board decision Sarles is "really pleased with" along with the other promotions from within. Lynn Dancause, also a twelve year veteran, will be promoted from Circulation Desk Assistant to Coordinator, Circulation & Youth Services. Deidra Zimmerscheid will be promoted from Page to Circulation Desk Assistant and someone will be hired to replace Marianne Marcussen, who retired earlier this year.
The Page position will be postponed until the library moves from its present curbside service operation to a full reopening.
Guilmette, currently serving as Circulation and Information Technology Advisor, says of his impending elevation to Library Director, "I am very thankful to the trustees for giving me this amazing opportunity, and to Christie for the faith and confidence she has in my abilities. During her time at the library she has always worked hard to provide exceptional service to this community and our wonderful patrons, and I will do my best to live up to the high standards she has set. While I will certainly miss her presence and guidance, I wish her all the best of luck and happiness in her retirement."
Sarles has been employed at the library for 20 years, served as a trustee for twelve years previously and has been a long time patron. With her retirement, she will have the time to step up her reading.
"I have a four inch stack of invoices for books I've ordered through the years that I've always wanted to read. I'm going to take that with me, sort them in alphabetical order, and read as much as I want to," she says. "I plan to be a very active patron of the Tuftonboro Free Library."
The building is almost complete, and anticipated to be done on time and $33,318 under budget.