New Chapter Begins for Children's Librarian

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By Liz Premo, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Special to the Atlantic News

Atlantic News, Friday, December 23, 2005

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

SMILE TIME -- Lane Memorial Library staff members were all smiles at the completion of the 2003 Summer Reading Program, which was organized by Children's Librarian Cindy Stosse (center back). Stosse will be leaving her position at the Lane Library to take on the responsibilities as director of the Pembroke Town Library beginning January 4. Pictured here with Cindy at the circulation desk in the Children's Room are Shelby Edwards, Di Karpman, Joanne Mulready and Bill Teschek. [Atlantic News File Photo]

HAMPTON -- Hampton's loss is Pembroke's gain.

After serving a little over five years as the Children's Librarian at the Lane Memorial Library, Cindy Stosse has taken on the position of director at the Pembroke Town Library.

She starts the New Year at her new location on Wednesday, January 4.

Though she's looking forward to enjoying this latest career opportunity in a town closer to her Concord home, Hampton will always hold a special place in her heart.

"It was wonderful to be here when I got back to [New Hampshire]," after relocating from Pennsylvania, she says.

Stosse has become a friendly, fun and familiar face to the parents and kids who frequent the library for Story Times, Summer Reading Programs and other activities, as well as to the students from Hampton schools who come for events such as book sales and book fairs.

She has a fun streak in her too; she has been known to wear a colorful, jingly jester's hat to tell Halloween tales; red cowboy boots while reading "Boots for Beth," and her cozy jammies, robe and slippers for the annual Polar Express Party. She has added big, amusing hand puppets to the library population, and has played a big part in the collection development and expanding programs in the Children's Room.

Stosse admits that leaving the Lane Memorial Library behind "was a tough decision." "I'll miss everybody," she says. "The people. The community."

What she won't miss is the 110-mile round trip she has been taking each workday from her home in Concord to her job in Hampton. By comparison, the drive from home to the library in Pembroke is a mere nine miles oneway.

Stosse reveals that the change in her job description "was not pre-planned;" it pretty much sort of fell into her lap. How so? It just so happens that a friend of hers was the most recent director at the Pembroke Town Library. Personal circumstances made it necessary for this friend to leave her director's post, creating a vacancy.

When Stosse saw that her friend's job was posted a couple of weeks ago, she made a call to find out why she was leaving. Through the course of the conversation, Stosse's friend suggested that Cindy apply for the position, which she didn't do at first. A short time later, the friend reminded her, "We don't have your resume!"

That soon changed, and after the normal interview process, Stosse now looks ahead at this next chapter in her life.

"I guess it was meant to be," she says simply.

Stosse will bring a treasure trove of memories along with her. She jokes that the majority of them "are embarrassing - and [Library Assistant] Joanne [Mulready] was responsible for most of them!"

Then there was the time the Children's Room suffered severe flood damage while she was home sick with the flu. None of her fellow staffers told her about the situation right away (they didn't want her bringing her flu germs to the library), but when Stosse found out she immediately made the trip to Hampton, sniffles, fever and all. After the clean-up and restoration was completed, it was a much healthier Cindy who used a huge pair of Fiskars scissors to cut the ribbon signifying the re-opening of the Children's Room.

Stosse says "there were tears" when she told Library Director Catherine Redden about her plans, and when Assistant Director Bill Teschek heard the news he cracked, "I'm not happy with you -- which is nothing new!" But Cindy wants her co-workers to keep in mind "how bad pennies are - they keep showing up," she says with a laugh.

Stosse will be on the job in the Children's Room at the Lane Memorial Library until Tuesday, January 3. In the meantime, anyone in the community who would like to wish her well or say "good-bye" can do so during the library's regular hours, or by calling (603) 926-4729.

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