By Mike Bisceglia
Seacoast Scene , July 9-15, 2015
[The following article is courtesy of the Seacoast Scene and has been edited for accuracy]
Life at the front desk can be hectic, but there are times just to enjoy one another's company.
Here (from left to right) are Rosie Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Deb Covert.
[Mike Bisceglia photo]
HAMPTON - She has been at the helm for nearly seven years, and she loves it.
"Hampton is the best of all worlds for me," said Amanda Reynolds Cooper, the Director of the Lane Memorial Library. "My sisters are now in Lewiston, Maine, and my husband, Chris, is a librarian at Southern New Hampshire University. My daughters, ages 6 and 4, love school. For us, life here is very good."
Mrs. Reynolds Cooper comes from San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up in a military family.
"When it came time to go to college, I opted to go to Bates College. I pursued a degree in biology but for four years worked in the campus library." It was there that she met her husband, Chris, and there that she married him in 2003.
Upon completion, Mrs. Reynolds Cooper pursued an advanced degree in library science at Syracuse University.
"That was 11 years ago. Now, I'm busy with library work, and I'm very excited about the changes being made to the inner space of this great place."
When not working, Amanda sings with Voices from the Heart, a group of 200 women singers. "We sing it all, from gospel to blues, and from traditional to pop. We cover all the bases. In the near future, the group plans to sing in South Africa. We're really looking forward to the experience."
As far as cooking is concerned, Amanda bows to her husband's finesse in the kitchen.
"I don't do well at the stove," chuckled Amanda, "but I can whip up a very delicious angel food cake."
Amanda does have one particular hobby that she wishes she could spend more time developing.
"I like to create art books, often using non-traditional materials, like making a book cover out of clam shells."
Darrell Eifert, Head of Public Services, and Amanda Reynolds Cooper,
Director, take a moment in their hectic day to relax in the newly renovated
Teen Room of the Lane Library. [Mike Bisceglia photo]
Amanda admits to being somewhat of a couch potato, but does enjoy walking the family Boston Terrier, Baby.
"Not that it's a job requirement, but I do love reading. I'm an eclectic reader. I love everything, but I especially enjoy teen fiction. I also enjoy graphic novels. I'm just finishing Y: The Last Man. I highly recommend it."
Amanda admits her love for travel.
"We travel to California for family reunions, and I've taken Chris back to Texas to see where I came from. Since many members of my family are now in the Northeast, we seem to be traveling more and more in New England and Canada, and we're loving it."
"We have over 5,000 patrons who visit the Lane on a regular basis. I always enjoy meeting them, and always enjoy welcoming new faces as well."