Linda Dawal (center) holding her two grandchildren, Madeline Eason and Harrison Beecher, along with her daughters (left to right) Louisa, Sarah and Kara and husband Michael, as she celebrates her retirement as Director of the Gordon-Nash Library. (Jeff Ferland) (click for larger version)
September 19, 2012NEW HAMPTON — Friends and family gathered at the Gordon-Nash Library Saturday, Sept. 15 to celebrate the retirement of Library Director Linda Dawal, who will step down at the end of the month.
Dawal said she will still be involved at some level with the Library, but wants to spend more time with her two grandchildren and the rest of her family.
According to Dawal, she has been involved with the Gordon-Nash Library, at some level, for the past 26 years, and worked as Library Director for 12 years. When she stepped in as Director, Dawal said, they still used an old system where patrons signed books out. Now, Dawal said they have a digital system.
Dawal said she had great support from her staff and Board of Directors.
"What I did was only as good as the advice I got from all of you," said Dawal. "I appreciate all the help and support over the years."
Dawal said she would not miss dealing with issues like the leaking roof or security alarms going off in the middle of the night, requiring her to come down and inspect the building with a flashlight.
"It hasn't happened too much lately," she laughed. "We have a better alarm now."
About 40 people came to the Gordon-Nash Library to wish Dawal well as she steps down from the Director position.
Trudy Powers, Board of Directors President, thanked Dawal for her many years of service.
"It's a mixed blessing," said Powers. "I am happy for her, but sad to see her go."
Powers presented Dawal with a memory book filled with notes from patrons and a painting of a cardinal on a branch by local artist Conni Richardson.
To thank her for her work as director, the Friends of the Library presented Dawal with a cash gift.
Dawal and Powers said new Library Director Cathy Vincevic from Allenstown would be in the following week to begin training to step in as Director in Oct. Powers said they chose Vincevic after an extensive, multi-state search for prospective candidates.
Before they all enjoyed a piece of cake and treats, Dawal promised that while she was stepping down from her position, she would not be stepping away from the Library.
"I'm not going far away," she laughed. "I love the Gordon-Nash Library. It is a treasure to the community. It's something I will always think about."