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New Director's Great-grandfather
Served in the Same Capacity

By Daphne Sterling, RCN Staff

Hampton Union November 27, 1992

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]
.... New Library Director

HAMPTON -- Catherine M. Redden is going to be assuming the role her great-grandfather had a century ago.

Redden signed a contract Nov. 14 to be the new library director at Lane Memorial Library. She'll be replacing Bradley Green as of Jan. 4.

A committee of Hampton residents, library trustees and library staff spent the past two months weeding through resumes from 45 applicants throughout the country, according to Board of Trustees Chair-woman Ruth G. Stimson.

Redden, a Portsmouth resident, was chosen based on her extensive qualifications. Stimson said.

By coincidence, she graduated from Winnacunnet High School in 1969 and her great-grandfather Simeon Albert Shaw of Hampton was the library director at Lane Library from 1881-1931.

Redden described her appointment to the post as "awe-some" and said she and her family are excited about the job. Her great-grandfather is going to be a hard act to follow, she added.

But things have progressed so much since Shaw was director, Redden said. "Great-grandpa would be rolling in his grave to see what the new libraries are like."

When he was director, she said, he used to bring all the new books home before he took them to the library so the family could read them first, her family has told her.

When she saw the advertisement for the Hampton post while serving as director of Londonderry's Leach Memorial Public Library, Redden said she was intrigued.

She'll be assuming many new responsibilities in Hampton. According to Green, the library has made a lot of changes in the past two years.

The library will be using a new automated book checkout system which also keeps better re-cords, the trustees' policies have been revised, the materials collection has been expanded and also includes materials for adults learning to read. The library building has also been modified to accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act and it publishes a monthly newsletter.

Green decided not to renew his contract after a controversy last year in which there. were complaints over his management practices. The Board of Trustees was divided in its support of Green.

Stimson said she wants the change in directorship to be as smooth as possible.

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