“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou

Silver skies. Early darkness. The air carrying that metallic tinge, an early threat of snow, as we hurry inside, shivering.

November is upon us. Dreary as it can be in some respects, there is a light and warmth about it as well, in its tradition of being a time of year in which to express gratitude. As ever, we have much to be thankful for.

Overdue — shocking, for a library — is a public thanks to the quick-thinking patrons who, back in September, happened to be in the Reading Room when we had our sudden indoor waterfall. With lightning-fast reflexes, these ladies heroically relocated armloads of books in a hurry. Thanks to you and to Mary L., despite the alarming cascade down several shelves, we lost only two books (and no furniture or fixtures) to water damage. And thanks to Kelley and co-workers at Bourne’s for your ongoing work.

Our appreciation also goes out to the Lamoille County legislators and community members who made a round table at our first monthly Current Events Café. It was an encouraging turnout, and the opportunity to sit, converse and hear others’ concerns is something we hope to continue. For the members of the Teen Advisory Board who stayed all evening to load the elevator, set up the room and help make the Ann Cardinal Author Night such a success, we thank you many times, as we do Ann, Jody from Bear Pond and all of you who came out on a Friday night to share in the El Cuco experience.

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Now comes the part that puts a lump in my throat. Is there someone in your life, at work or at home, who draws little attention to herself but quietly holds up the world? Someone whose care, intelligence, depth of knowledge, skill, incredible work ethic and calm, pleasant manner make even a difficult day bearable, and who has gently but indelibly woven her presence into the fabric of a place?

Here at the library, our quiet hero is Linda Hartin. It is with sadness — because we will miss her terribly — and with great gratitude for her role that we announce that, after 25 years at Morristown Centennial, Linda is retiring.

Our interlibrary loan guru, volunteer coordinator, scheduler, circulation manager, a favorite with patrons and staff alike, and literary tastemaker for this library — among many other things (everyone asks what she is reading, and that book becomes the hot item, perpetually on hold) — Linda has given greatly of her time, talents and skills in service to this community and in support of us, her fortunate coworkers.

Although she expressed horror at the thought of a formal event to honor her and bid her farewell, she has (reluctantly) agreed to a day set aside for the purpose. Therefore, Friday, Nov. 22, all day, we invite you to come celebrate Linda and say goodbye. Linda, what more can we say than thank you? Thank you.

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Meanwhile, we press on with our work of introducing new materials and programs.

Coming up this month, the Teen Advisory Board meets Wednesday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m.

The Anime and Manga Club meets Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.; see Rachel for further details.

In partnership between the Northeast Farming Association and the Hearty Homesteaders, the NOFA Simple Supper in honor of Agricultural Week will be Saturday, Nov. 23, at noon. The hosts will prepare and serve a simple supper using fresh, local ingredients. All are welcome.

For younger patrons, Preschool Story Time continues every Tuesday morning at 10:30. This month’s themes are Doughnuts (for National Doughnut Day); Shoes and Socks; Hibernation; and Giving Thanks.

Are you eager to hear how Rachel’s ukulele students are progressing, with their instruments and accessories generously donated by the Friends of Morristown Centennial Library? The library’s first-ever ukulele concert, performed by students ages 8-11, will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

For adults, we invite all of you who are concerned about the issue of homelessness and the concerns of our unsheltered neighbors to attend the third in the three-library presentation of the Emilio Estevez film, followed by a panel discussion with Jacquie Mauer and representatives from Lamoille Community House, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

For those looking to discuss the latest books on their nightstand and share good food and camaraderie, please join us for BYO Books on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.

And for everyone, the library will be among the many wonderful stops, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as merrymakers tour the townwide delights in celebration of the Festival of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Finally, one more personal word to Linda: Thank you for all you have taught me about being a good librarian. Please know that you will always have a home here at Morristown Centennial Library, and that your colleagues and library community members value and love you. And every time I see an octopus, read something beautiful about the wonders of the natural world, or try not to kill a healthy house plant, I will think of you.

“Go out into the world where your heart calls you. … Be ready. There are great souls and teachers everywhere. It’s your job to recognize them.” ― Sy Montgomery.


Gizelle Guyette is director of Morristown Centennial Library.

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