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.