Redden Resigns Her Library Post

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Director had Served Since January 1993

By Patrick Cronin

Hampton Union, Friday, April 18, 2008

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]

HAMPTON -- Cathleen Redden will not be returning to her position as director for the Lane Memorial Library.

Redden, who started in the position in January 1993, handed in her resignation letter to the trustees on March 31. Bridgit Valgenti, chairwoman of the trustees, called it big loss to the library.

"I was very surprised and I know it must have been a tough decision for her," Valgenti said.

Redden, who was out on medical leave since last June, was expected to return April 1.

"We are going to miss her terribly," Valgenti said. "She will definitely be missed and we wish her nothing but the best."

When Redden was hired in January 1993 she called it a "homecoming" of sorts. She noted she used to visit the Hampton library as a kid when she lived in Hampton Falls.

Her great-grandfather, S. Albert Shaw, was also the first librarian at the Lane Memorial Library, serving in that capacity from 1881-1937.

During her tenure as library director, she won several awards, including the Ann Geisel Award for Distinguished Service in the New Hampshire Library Community in 2005. The award of merit was given to her by the New Hampshire Library Association in honor of two decades' worth of service to libraries.

Valgenti said the trustees have set up a six-person search committee to hire a new director.

The one thing that is clear is the new director will not be Shirley Barron, who has been serving as interim director in Redden's place. Valgenti said Barron has given her notice and she will be leaving in May.

Barron, however, will serve on the search committee for a new director, along with two members of the Friends of the Library group, one staff member and two trustees.

"We hope to find a replacement as soon as possible," Valgenti said.

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