Letter to the Editor

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Traylor, Read say ‘thank you’

 To the editor:

It has been an  honor and privilege to have served this community at the Williston Public Library for nearly 27 years.  We so enjoyed the lovely reception you honored us with on Sunday, March 16.  Our thanks to the Friends of the Library and to the Williston Woman’s Club for hosting such a memorable occasion.  We are deeply grateful for the support given us through the attendance  of Library Director Lisa Brasher, administrative staff, branch managers, city officials and the many from the community who joined us for the celebration.

We would like to thank the City of Williston for the proclamations given by Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who was also instrumental  in securing  the historic building which houses our library.  Also, we are indebted to Scott Lippmann who was not only the first city manager to attend a Friends of the Library meeting, but also noted our concerns and made arrangements for the many necessary repairs in preserving this building. 

“Thank you” doesn’t begin to say enough to our many volunteers through the years. They have been invaluable to us and the quality of our service has been enhanced by their presence.  One who volunteered  early on was Mary McDaniell who saw the need for a Friends group and formed one.  A special thanks to our loyal supporters and past leadership -Bill Parkhurst, Peter Zettler and Dave Kendall-whose fundraising efforts provided books, furnishings and most recently a $1,000 scholarship.  Many thanks to current President Nellie  Boyd who works tirelessly each week in the library and whose vision of increased membership and new projects will keep the library moving forward.  Moving to that same beat is Sara Nussel,  a volunteer for years whose  music program to preschoolers has been a joy to children and parents alike. To all volunteers, past and present, we honor you.  Your support and friendships have been one of our greatest blessings.

As we begin a new chapter in our lives, we take with us such fond memories.  How rewarding it has been to know those who have grown from toddlers to teens and now return with families of their own.  Additionally, it has been our privilege to meet  those new to our community as they come in to get a library card. To all our patrons, family, friends, and to our husbands , who through the years were always there supporting us and giving a helping hand when needed, we thank you.  Our hearts are full and we will be forever grateful as we close this beautiful chapter in our lives.

Michelle Traylor

Mary Read