BANGOR, Maine — The Friends of the Library met on Thursday, Aug. 15, to pay tribute to the retiring members of its Board and to elect a new officers and directors. With a sea of new faces and new ideas, the Friends are looking to further their outreach and support of the Bangor Public Library.
“We would not be able to fund some of our special programs without the hard work of the Friends.” says Barbara McDade, Director of the Bangor Public Library. “They work tirelessly in support of the Library, they volunteer many hours, and they fundraise for added services. We cannot thank them enough for all they do.”
The new board includes: President Kurt Keef, Vice President Gerry Palmer, Treasurer Wayne Mallar, and Clerk, Nick Stahl. This board replaces out-going President Ginger Graham, Vice President Kurt Keef, and Treasurer/Clerk Bill Sullivan. The new directors are: Kurt Keef, Gerry Palmer, Wayne Mallar, Nick Stahl, Roger Phipps, Jessica Sleeth, Bill Deering, Francine Wickes, Jane Burger, Jim Bishop, Diana Weddell, Bill Sullivan, and Ginger Graham. Returning directors are Jules Arel and Carol Harriman.
The Friends of the Library and the Bangor Public Library staff want to express their gratitude to Bill Sullivan. Sullivan has supported the Library from 1993 until 2005 as a member of the Board of Managers and Trustees of the Library, where he has served as Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee. Mr. Sullivan has been a “mover and shaker” on the Friends of the Library Board since the Friends group was founded in 1992.
During his years of service, the Library has undergone many changes; including the expansion and renovation of the building, the changes in library service with the incorporation of computers, and the many advances in telecommunications. Sullivan was an enthusiastic and informed member of the Board, serving as the Chairman of the Planning Committee during the renovation and expansion of the building in 1997, helping draft policies for Internet and public computer use, working with the Friends of the Library, and advocating for library support on both the state and local levels. His judgment in financial matters and his previous experiences helped him help the library in the political venue. His value of intellectual freedom, free expression, and the freedom to read is infectious. The Library and Friends of the Library are saddened that he is stepping down, but he still plans to remain active in Library activities.
To find out more about Friends of the Library or to become a Friend, contact the Library at (207) 947-8336. The next Friends of the Library meeting is Thursday, September 19th at 5:45 p.m. in the Bangor Public Library Board Room. This meeting is open to the public.