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Mason Library Director retires after almost 20 years

  • Sue Wolpert has retired from being Mason Public Library Director, with her last day being this past Saturday. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Sue Wolpert has retired from being Mason Public Library Director, with her last day being this past Saturday. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Sue Wolpert retired from her role as Mason Public Library Director Saturday. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

After nearly 20 years as the director of the Mason Public Library, Sue Wolpert has retired.

Wolpert has been working for the library in various capacities for the past 23 years, beginning as a part-time employee and spending some time as a trustee prior to her hiring as the library director in 1999.

“Very few people can come to work every day and enjoy it, but I did,” said Wolpert, whose last day was Saturday. “There are some mixed feelings, but I know the next chapter in my life in going to be fun.”

Wolpert said the decision to retire was one she has been contemplating for the past three or four years. Wolpert said she hopes to travel with her husband to Colorado and Ohio to visit family, and to relax in North Myrtle Beach.

As a former teacher and volunteer librarian, Wolpert said she was immediately drawn to the “small town atmosphere” of the library when she and her husband moved to Mason from Becket, Massachusetts.

“Knowing all of the children as they have grown up has been great,” said Wolpert. “I enjoy reading to the [Mason Elementary School] students when they come over.”

During her tenure with the library, Wolpert is happy to have brought technology and programs to the library that increases access to books, periodicals, and audiobooks.

The Mason Public Library is now part of a system of libraries that pool resources, allowing for Wolpert to be able to get books for people that are located at other libraries. Being a part of New Hampshire Downloadable Books allows for patrons to access books, audiobooks, magazines, and other media digitally.

Wolpert said she is most proud of of bringing the Library World program to the library. The program, installed about five years, is a digital checkout system which helps the library better keep track of checked out books and other statistics.

“It’s a slow process for a small town library,” said Wolpert. “Technology does work in a library setting. It helps us to provide a service.”

One of her favorite memories from the library is meeting children’s book author and illustrator Elizabeth Orton Jones.

“I really enjoyed her visits... she would come in once a month for book signings and readings,” said Wolpert. “It’s one of the most precious times we had here at the library.”

The new library director will be a familiar face, according to Wolpert, as librarian Denise Ginzler has taken her place.

“The library is definitely in good hands, she’s well qualified,” said Wolpert. “I will still probably come in occasional and continue to join in on the noon book group. If the staff ever has a question, I’m only a phone call away.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.