In 1973 Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor came to Pittsfield to dedicate the Roger Clark Memorial Library. “Above all you have created here and we dedicate here this building to the hopes and ambitions of thousands of people as yet unborn, who will find here a sense of pride and togetherness, a source for practical knowledge or poetic inspiration, as their choice may be, and a place to complement the inspiration given them to grow in body, heart and mind among these beautiful hills as Vermonters have for 200 years.”
In 1973 Susie Martin was one of the 5 members of the library board. This year, almost 40 years later, she has bravely decided to pass the library on to a new group of volunteers. During that time Susie has done everything to make our cherished all volunteer library run; from making certain important library organizational standards were upheld and guiding new volunteers, to helping young patrons write their own names on their cards. I expect we have only an inkling of the work she has done. If you see Susie, please thank her for her time and dedication to the library, without her guidance and commitment the Library would not be here today.
As we strive to live up to our library’s history, we are proud of our accomplishments in 2010. Here are just a few:
- 5 week Fall After-school program series including a VINS raptor demo, art, cooking, dance and survival skills.
- Musical Saturdays with James Mee, a Teen Night, and a Ginger Bread House decorating party attended by 50 children.
- Pittsfield photo contest (with 170 ballots cast), and the creation and sales of of the beautiful Pittsfield Calendar.
- “Walk In” movie night, an outside screening of “Inkheart” complete with popcorn machine.
- Third annual Eliteam family fitness program (inspiring over 70 kids and adults).
- Third annual book sale at the Pittsfield Bazaar.
- Third annual community and fund raising dinner, this year at the Clear River Tavern.
- New free books to over 90 trick-or-treating children on Halloween
- The now traditional Night Before the Night Before Christmas.
- Ongoing free distribution of weeded books at the Pitt Stop.
- Hundreds of new books added to the shelves.