Library celebrates seven years in new home

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Salem - posted Mon., Dec. 5, 2011
The Eight Mile River Band - Marshall Dubaldo (left) on mandolin, Rachel Crafton on violin, Bink Cooper on dobro, Tom Vernon on guitar, Bill Hawthorne on bass and Don Urbanik on banjo - entertained a large crowd at the Salem Library's seventh anniversary celebration. Photos by Kevin Hotary.
The Eight Mile River Band - Marshall Dubaldo (left) on mandolin, Rachel Crafton on violin, Bink Cooper on dobro, Tom Vernon on guitar, Bill Hawthorne on bass and Don Urbanik on banjo - entertained a large crowd at the Salem Library's seventh anniversary celebration. Photos by Kevin Hotary.

The Salem Library was home to a day-long celebration last Saturday, Dec. 3, as staff members and town residents celebrated the seventh anniversary of the library’s move to its new home at 264 Hartford Road. The day featured a couple of the programs that help make the Salem Library a community focal point, including Paws to Read, in which children had the opportunity to read to French poodle Skyler, or create an origami Christmas decoration with library staff member Susan Nye. The day’s activities were highlighted by a visit from the Eight Mile River Band, playing mostly traditional bluegrass and country/blues music.

In addition to the entertainment and programs, cookies, cakes and punch were available to library visitors throughout the day. Those attending the celebration also had the opportunity to see the work of local artist Jennifer Wheeler, whose “Twig and Stem” exhibit is currently showing at the library. A graduate of Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, Wheeler’s paintings often depict interpretations of the natural world. She recently completed large murals at the entrance to the children’s and teen’s rooms at the Salem Library.

After seven years in its new home, Library Director Jackie Hemond says the library has no plans to slow down or cut back on the myriad programs that it offers.

“We’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” she said.


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