PLAISTOW —The staff at the Plaistow Public Library would like to thank Diane Arrato Gavrish for her service to our library and community as director. Diane’s passion and enthusiasm have inspired and enervated the mission and vision of the library. She has heralded many important changes in a short period of time, including a new website; a strong Facebook and Twitter presence; overseeing the addition of eBooks and eReaders to materials that may be loaned; adding people counters and handicap-accessible doors and a color copier/fax machine for public use; implementing a new computer time management system CASSIE and a new circulation system Koha. In addition, she has supervised an ever-growing population of volunteers; led a group of librarians and volunteers as the “Bookettes” in the Old Home Day parade; and finally made history with her cooperation with Kimball Library in Atkinson and Sandown Public Library to create the Southern NH Library Cooperative. In Diane’s two and a half years she has navigated four long-term staff retirements and hired and trained three new staff members. Diane’s talents are many, and the effect of her vibrant personality and boundless energy will continue to inspire and benefit the staff and community of Plaistow for years to come. Diane’s last day at the library is June 30.
On Wed., June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Edward and Mary Kelley will present The Life of a Famous Civil War Officer Colonel J. Egbert Farnum, Excelsior Brigade, 70th New York Vols. Brigadier General, 11 Reserve Corps. Ed and Mary Kelley are members of the Civil War Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization. The Kelleys are retired teachers who keep history alive by portraying their ancestors at the Gettysburg Wax Museum, schools, libraries, historic reenactments, parades and dedications. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please register online in advance.