Members of the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation, the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Wolfeboro Library and staff members gathered outside the library on October 5 for a ceremony to honor Library Director Cindy Scott. (L-R) Front row, seated: Jane Newcolm, Gail Johnson (Friends of the Wolfeboro Library/ (FOWL), Candy Thayer (Foundation, Trustee) and Diane Wasmuth (FOWL). Middle row: Joyce Davis (Staff), Barbara Widmer(former staff), Judy O'Keefe (FOWL), Deborah Long-Smith (Trustee), Librarian Cindy Scott, Barbara Eldridge (Staff), Linda Wilberton (Trustee, Foundation, FOWL), Judith Crosley (FOWL), John Sandeen and Roger Murray (Foundation). (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
October 15, 2020WOLFEBORO — Members of the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation, the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Wolfeboro Public Library and staff members gathered outside the library on Oct. 5 for a ceremony to honor Library Director Cindy Scott. It was a surprise event to thank Scott for the years of dedication to bringing the now completed renovation and expansion to fruition.
"A good leader brings everyone along on the journey," Foundation leader John Sandeen told those gathered.
"Anyone who knows Cindy, knows she is a leader," he continued. "She lays out the vision and then is out in front leading the charge...with energy and enthusiasm and empathy."
Foundation member and trustee Candace Thayer, echoed that sentiment, adding, "Cindy has created vitality and a welcoming atmosphere in our town library...The number and diversity of new programming initiated under her leadership has increased substantially. A highly successful geneaolgy program was developed with experienced local citizens...and frequent positive comments by our patrons about the staff and the library are a reflection of the manner in which she leads the library."
Thayer noted the new computer work stations, the constantly updated online catalogue, music, movies, subscriptions to entertainment sites and research databases, as part of the library's offerings to citizens. And, under development, is the digitization of town historical information, to further expand resources.
Looking back at the 14 years leading to development of the present space, Thayer complimented the director for helping to bring the project in under budget, as she and staff put in "countless hours planning for the library's needs plus reducing, moving and storing collections in multiple locations so the library could remain open during the fourteen month construction period. Her patience and sense of humor helped everyone get through the difficult months of transition."
Covid-19 has prolonged the wait for a hearty, community wide celebration indoors, but that time will come. Currently, the library is open with Covid-19 protocols in place. Some of the new furniture was put into storage to accommodate six foot distancing, hand sanitizing stations are available, and all are asked to wear a mask upon entering the facility.
Scott received gifts, including yellow socks with a time/date stamp design, like that on every library book, along with a bouquet of red, yellow and gold late summer flowers to welcome the fall season ahead. She was indeed surprised and thanked all the people gathered in the parking lot for their steadfast support on behalf of the community. The library is built to meet the community's needs for years to come.