2020 Friends of the Library Newsletter
During the past few months, as an unprecedented public health crisis has disrupted daily life, we’ve all had to adapt to changes we never could have imagined. The same has been true for the Westbrook Public Library.
Luckily for its patrons, the library has a long history of rising to meet the challenges of its times and the ever-changing needs of its patrons—it wasn’t that long ago that our librarians seamlessly navigated the complicated move from card catalogs to computers. Now, even as the library’s doors remain physically closed due to COVID-19, it continues to operate as a community center and hub for information. Staff answer questions via email, while books circulate without contact. The library is the touchstone for the very kind of human connection that we all crave right now.
It is my pleasure to share with you some exciting news from the Westbrook Public Library as it moves forward and adapts, despite the uncertain circumstances.
Welcome, Timothy Kellogg
Effective July 2, the library welcomed Timothy Kellogg as its new director. Tim most recently served as the circulation librarian at Guilford Free Library and comes to Westbrook with outstanding credentials and references. Please join me in welcoming Tim to his new position.
Honoring Longtime Director Lew Daniels
Beloved by generations of high school students, book lovers, and hobbyist and professional researchers alike, Lew Daniels retires this summer after 40 years in his position as the library’s director. To honor his years of dedication and service to patrons, the Westbrook Public Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library have established a scholarship in Lew’s name. It will be awarded yearly to a graduating high school student who intends to pursue a career as a librarian or educator. The Westbrook Foundation will act as the steward for the new scholarship. Contributions may be directed to Westbrook Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 528, Westbrook, CT 06498; please note that your donation is intended for the Lew Daniels Scholarship in the memo line of your check.
Thank You for Your Continued Support
In closing, I would like to thank you for your past support of the Friends of the Westbrook Public Library. I hope that you will be able to show your support for this community beacon once again.
Friends of the Westbrook Public Library
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
The Library Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, has appointed Mr. Timothy Kellogg as Westbrook’s next Library Director beginning July 2, 2020. Mr. Kellogg comes with very impressive credentials and currently is the Circulation Librarian at the Guilford Free Library. His references were outstanding and he has all the necessary qualifications needed for this important position in Westbrook.
MaryJo Noonan, Chairman Westbrook Public Library Board offered the following comments on Mr.Kellogg’s appointment:
“Mr. Tim Kellogg brings to our Public Library a passion for sharing all that Libraries have to offer! He has experience with the many facets of a Director’s responsibilities, professionalism, and essential technology skills.
The Board looks forward to working with Tim as he positively impacts Library staff, programming, individual patrons and our Community.”
We all look forward to Mr. Kellogg joining our staff.
There is another staffing change at the library to announce. Our assistant librarian Joan Geissler who has worked at the library for 42 years is retiring at the end of June. Joan began work in 1978 and in 1988 was promoted to assistant librarian. She has run the library circulation department managing patron registration, holds, and requests. She is probably best known for her “making people happy” calls to patrons when their requests are ready for pick up. Her many library friends will miss her cheerful and friendly presence. As will her colleagues at the Westbrook Public Library. We wish her a long and happy retirement, good health, and safe harbor during this challenging time.