Representatives of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association, President Ed Moran and directors Susan Gaudiello and Conrad Moses traveled to Rye to present the Friends of the Rye Public Library with the 2014 Sue Palmatier Award For Outstanding Support By A “Friends Of The Library” Group on Tuesday evening October 14. With all the Friends officers and many members present, Friends President Katie Jaffarian received the award on behalf of the group. The Board of Trustees of the Rye Public Library, who nominated the Friends of RPL in recognition of the extraordinary level, variety, and innovation of support they offer to the Rye Public Library, and the civic engagement of this outstanding group, also proudly attended the award ceremony.
NHLTA President Moran commended the Friends of the Rye Public Library for their longstanding excellence, and leadership in the State. He encouraged the local group to share their model at the State level through future outreach and conference involvement. Moran cited the remarkable participation, innovation, and dedication that made the Rye Friends stand out in the annual award process.
In her remarks, Rye Public Library Trustee Chair Karen Oliver further emphasized the importance and involvement of this remarkable group whose membership drive and community advocacy provide invaluable annual support to the mission and vision of the Rye Public Library.
Just a few of the long list of Friends of the Rye Public Library superlatives recognized at the ceremony include: annual Tech Fair days to publicize the many electronic offerings available through RPL, and the Friends’ annual speaker series, featuring speakers from multiple cultural institutions including those represented in our museum pass program, which they also support. Additionally, the group supports the RPL youth summer reading program, has its own art committee hosting local exhibits at the Library, and subsidizes all RPL hospitality expenses for refreshments during an active programming and meeting schedule. The Library’s popular film series, Drawing Together sketchbook program, senior visits, computer classes, and an ongoing book sale are also supported by the Friends of the Rye Public Library.
The award plaque received on Tuesday will hold an honored position in the Rye Public Library. A display featuring the plaque and photos from the award ceremony can be viewed at RPL through October 24.
(Photo: Back Row [standing] l to r : Jud Dionne, Friends Membership Officer; Donlyn Ray, Friend; Philip Boynton, RPL Trustee Secretary; Victor Azzi, RPL Trustee; Karen Oliver, RPL Trustee Chair; Karen Allen, RPL Trustee; Brian Klinger, RPL Trustee Treasurer, Conrad Moses, NHLTA Director; Pat Dubois, Friend; Ed Moran, NHLTA President. Middle Row [seated] l to r : Chris, Friends’ Secretary; Ginny Bulmer, Friend; Katie Jaffarian, Friends’ President; Jennifer Reed Clark, Friends’ Treasurer, Joanie O’Neil, Friend. Front Row [kneeling] l to r: Sandy Osborne, Friends’ Hospitality Officer; Kendra Gemmett, Friends President Emeritus, Anne Brack, Friend; Tricia Alexander, Friend.