Big Changes At Lane Library

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By Liz Premo, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Atlantic News, Friday, August 11, 2006

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

HAMPTON -- The Lane Memorial Library in Hampton has begun seeking a qualified individual to serve as Head of Children's Services, following the news that current Children's Librarian Marybeth Varney submitted her resignation early last week.

"We are losing our gem of a librarian to the piney woods of Maine," was how Library Director Catherine Redden announced that Varney's position was immediately available. Redden was unavailable for comment at presstime.

Varney, who is originally from Maine and was the librarian at Opal Myrick Elementary School in East Millinocket was hired in February of this year after her predecessor, Cynthia Stosse, left to become director at the town library in Pembroke. Varney's official start date was March 27.

The position brings with it an extensive list of administrative, collection development and public relations duties, and by all accounts Varney rose to the challenge as the "new kid on the block."

Described as "wonderful" by Library Assistant, Joanne Mulready, Varney "brought good ideas with her, she has got a lot of get-up-and-go, and she’s wonderful with the kids." Mulready is among the many on staff who say they are sad to see Varney go.

The position is a full time one (37.5 hours), and includes benefits. A Masters in Library Science or equivalent degree with three years experience working with children is required. The library is now accepting résumés from those interested in applying; copies of the job description are available at the library or online at www.hampton.

In other library news, the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library announced on Tuesday that their annual Summer Book and Bake Sale had been unexpectedly canceled.

Not to worry, though: The group hopes to reschedule the sale for either next week or the week after.

"We hope to have it but can't be definite yet," said Friends' member Linda Libbey. "The minute we have a date and time we'll be advertising it."

According to Libbey, "We feel terrible. Certainly all of our workers and helpers were ready to bake and have a great sale. We're as bummed out as they are."

Libbey suggested that the public check out the library's Web site keep up-to-date on the matter and for rescheduling information.

The annual sale is "probably our major fundraiser," Libbey said. "We do it every summer. People always look forward to this sale because the prices are so good."

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