Library Director Nancy Ryan Retires

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Library Director Nancy Ryan retired at the end of April after 20 years at the library, with seven (7) of them at the helm.  She will be missed by library staff, patrons, Trustees and Friends of the Library, many of us who got to know her personally.   In an article dated May 11, 2016, The Lynnfield Villager summed up Nancy’s contributions nicely, printing comments from community leaders who attended Nancy’s farewell party.

  • Trustee Faith Honor-Coakley – “Nancy as been a powerhouse in bringing the building project to the community.  She has had so many other accomplishments which is why (she) has our gratitude and admiration.”
  • Trustee Seavey Bowdoin – “Over the years, I have learned how a public library should run, how it should be financed and most of all, what a great public library could be and should be.  We have reached that threshold under Nancy’s direction.  I believe Nancy is the Renaissance director of the Lynnfield Public Library.”
  • Board of Selectman Phil Crawford – “The tremendous turnout this afternoon demonstrates just how much the residents of Lynnfield appreciate the years of service and unwaivering dedication Nancy has shown to the town.  Her spirit, energy and enthusiasm are contagious and are spread throughout her staff and across the town.”
  • Friends of the Lynnfield Library President Ann Decker – “Nancy was really a partner to all of us Friends.  She did not have to always to come to our meetings but she was always there.  She would help the organization set up events, including her (Nancy’s) favorite, the Used Book Sale.”
  • Massachusetts Library System Executive Director Greg Pronevitz – “I know what public library directors go through in their jobs.  There are many challenges and many opportunities but it’s a rewarding job for people who love libraries like Nancy.”
  • Board of Libraries Trustee Chairman Bob Calamari – “She has left this institution in a much better place than when she found it.  We are going to miss (her) greatly.”
  • Library Director Holly Mercer – “I have big shoes to fill.  Nancy not only has a tremendous legacy in this town but in libraries across Massachusetts.  This library is an example of how libraries should be run.  This library is supported and it’s a place where people come to meet each other, talk and get information.  I credit Nancy for cultivating such a strong library.  Nancy will be missed.”

Well, it sure is the closing of one chapter and the opening of another for Nancy.  She is already enjoying her extra spare time and the freedom that accompanies it.  We’re very pleased that she attended the book sale this weekend and will be participating in other activities, selecting from among the choices with the well-earned discretion that retirement brings.   This is definitely not goodbye–but hope to see you soon, Nancy.

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Friends of the Library Final Countdown to Spring Book Sale

Kaila George making her Selections at the 2015 Spring Book Sale

Kaila George making her Selections at the 2015 Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library Spring Book Sale will take place this Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Town Common.    Traditionally the sale items include a large assortment of gently used books and other media materials, ready for appreciative new owners.  So, remember us this weekend and pay a visit to our outdoor market.  We have spent several months diligently preparing and have accumulated quite a variety of materials.

The sale will be part of a great community day with other events on the common and at the middle school.  According to Friends’ President, Ann Decker, “Our Spring Used Book Sale has become more successful each year, a great way to help the library fund programs and services.”  She is thrilled that book lovers will be able to “Come and stock up on summer reading materials at bargain prices.”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, visit this website and click on Join the Friends, browse the Friends Facebook page, or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

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Support the Lynnfield Library

Support the Lynnfield Library

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library Seeking Donations for the Spring Used Book Sale, May 21, 2016

Book worms had a super enjoyable time of browsing our eclectic selections

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library have set the Spring Book Sale for Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Town Common.   In case of inclement weather, the Lynnfield Library will accommodate the sale inside the building.  The sale items will include a large assortment of gently used books and other media materials, ready for appreciative new owners.

The Friends would like to request donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials.  Please check that your donations do not have water damage, ripped or missing pages, mold, stains, or debris.  The Friends cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections, magazines, games or puzzles.

Please bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk or leave them in the Library foyer.  It would be most helpful for the staff if you could use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The Library is accepting donations until one week before the sale.

“We are delighted that once again, we will be part of a great day of community in the Town of Lynnfield” says Ann Decker, Friends President.  “We will be sharing space with ‘Crafters on the Common’, sponsored by Centre Congregational Church and the Lynnfield Art Guild’s Spring Art Show at the Meeting House.  Just down the road at the Middle School will be all the excitement of Townscape’s ‘Geraniumfest and Kids Day’ with its many activities and beautiful plants. Our Spring Used Book Sale has become more successful each year, a great way to help the Library fund programs and services. Come and stock up on summer reading materials at bargain prices”.

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please click on the Join the Friends tab on this web site or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

 

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Welcome Reception for Library Director Holly Mercer

A warm welcome was extended to Holly Mercer at a reception Tuesday. She is settling into her position as the new Director of the Lynnfield Library. The Friends look forward to supporting her as advocates for the Lynnfield Public Library. From left to right: Janine Saldanha, (past President), Faith Honor-Coakley (Library Trustee), Holly Mercer (Library Director) and Priscilla March (past President). We anticipate a great collaboration!P1080895a

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library Chico’s Fundraiser

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April 29, 2016 from 3-7 p.m.

Chico’s ~ 325 MarketStreet, Lynnfield

  • Make a purchase and when you checkout, please mention the Friends of the Lynnfield Library and we will receive 10% of net sales.
  • Chico’s carries a wide selection of high quality casual, dressy and designer clothes, shoes, accessories, and home goods.  There will be something to suit everyone’s taste!
  • Please visit Chico’s and help raise funds so that the Lynnfield Library may continue its great programs for all residents.
  • If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, visit the Friends’ website:  http://foll.org or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.

 

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Tickets on Sale Now for Laughter in the Lynnfield Library!

Laughter Comedians2Be prepared for a FUNdraiser with hilarious sets by professional comedians, delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres, cash bar for beer, wine, and our signature cocktail, “The Punchline.” Expect lots of laughs at this fun evening of community and comedy — don’t miss it! Ages 21 and over only (sorry, the kids stay home this time). Tickets are now available at the Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield. $35/person.

Our release would not be complete without a few words about our comedians.  The Friends and the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce have chosen two top performers to appear at “Laughter in the Library.”

Dave Rattigan is one of the busiest comics in Boston. He’s headlined some of the best clubs and theaters in New England, opened for The Beach Boys and Nick DiPaolo, and created the themed standup comedy show How Men Think (Or Do They?). He’s appeared in regional television commercials for I-Party and Olympia Sports. He’s written funny columns for the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and others. His CD has been played on XM-Sirius, Slacker Radio.com, Matty’s Comedy 1200, and AOLRadio.com. His video clips have run on Nickmom.com. He’s a regular at the Boston Comedy Festival and this year appeared at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival.

And if that is not enough he has a young daughter at home that is making him question his title of “Boss Man”. Ah, Daddies and their little girls…

Paul Murphy (Paul D’Angelo) spent almost eleven years as an Assistant District Attorney, supervising several of Massachusetts’s busiest courthouses, before building a reputation as a noted criminal-defense trial attorney. The unexpected twist to this story is that, for nine of those years, under the pseudonym of Paul D’Angelo, Paul was simultaneously becoming one of the nation’s top standup comedians.

Combining an energetic, charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talent with an endless array of intelligent humor delivered in an animated style that grabs and holds the attention of crowds everywhere he performs, Paul’s constantly evolving and diverse selection of original material “takes normal everyday experiences and makes them sound absolutely hilarious.” Critics further write that “(Paul D’Angelo) is an energetic performer who gives a peak performance at every show.” “His quick comedic mind,” “unique observations” and “down to earth, stop-and-think humor” “keeps the crowd in hysterics.”

THANKS to our sponsors! (Sponsorships still available!)
The Savings Bank
First Financial Trust
Wakefield Co-operative Bank
Northrup Associates
Lynnfield Rotary

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Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale

P1080501cYoung readers gather in front of the Meeting House with selections from the Lynnfield Library’s new picture book acquisitions. The Friends of the Lynnfield Library Fall Used Book Sale is upcoming on Friday, October 16 (6 – 8pm preview for Friends only) and October 17, (9 am – 2 pm, open to everyone). We’re expecting a great turnout, and we’d like to thank these young people for helping promote the event

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Laughter in the Lynnfield Library

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Get psyched for a FUNdraiser with hilarious sets by professional comedians, delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres, cash bar for beer, wine, and our signature cocktail, “The Punchline.” Expect lots of laughs — don’t miss it! Ages 21 and over only.

Tickets will be available at the Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield, beginning September 18. $35/person.

Date and Time of the Event:  November 14, 2015 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

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Friends Seeking Donations for the Annual Used Book Sale ~ October 16-17, 2015

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library are preparing for our favorite fall event. The annual used book sale is set for Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meeting House with the “bag of books for $6” sale taking place in the final hour. A Preview for Friends’ members only will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 16, and all Friends’ members are welcome at that time.

The Friends are now seeking donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials. We would like to remind everyone that we are looking for materials that are attractive for sale.  Please check that your donations do not have water damage, ripped or missing pages, mold, stains or debris. The Friends cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections or magazines.

Please bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk or leave them in the library foyer. It would be most helpful for the staff if you could use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The library is accepting donations right up until a week before the sale. Donation receipts are available upon request.

According to Friends’ President Ann Decker, “Each year we look forward to this fundraiser which brings the community together for a day of browsing, buying, socialization and fall fun. The Annual Fall Used Book Sale plays a large part in funding the Library programs and services that we all enjoy.”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please click on the “Join the Friends” tab or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

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