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Letter: Community effort is appreciated

To the editor:

The Board of the 1833 Society is grateful to the community members who came to the Forum to express their desires for programming and services in a renewed library. Thanks also to those who sent ideas via e-mail or written notes.

A Steering Committee has been meeting since the fall to organize this Forum. Thanks to the individuals who I worked alongside. They contributed many hours towards making this event successful: publicizing, organizing, facilitating, and planning logistics. Thank you to Larry Jackson, Linda Kepner, Bill Littles, David Macy, Chris McCall, Susan Phillips-Hungerford, Carol Ogilvie, Michael Price, David Simpson, John Vance, David Weir, Alan Zeller, and the late Rick Monahan. Thanks also to Dan Reidy, the facilitator from the UNH cooperative extension, who brought his process to our project.

We were so lucky to have community members step forward to help facilitate this event. Thank you to Grace Bowman, Jen Christensen, Mathew Fressilli, Patrick Groleau, Owen Hale, Jane LaPointe, Chris McCall, Karen Peterson, Susan Phillips-Hungerford, Michelle Tourgee, Caroline Trowbridge, and Alan Zeller.

Thanks to Peter Robinson, owner of Roy’s Market, who donated the breakfast and lunch served at the forum. All of the printing of the posters and brochures, and many of the handouts, was contributed by Bill Littles of Steele’s Stationers.

The funding for the forum was provided by the Friends of the Library and The 1833 Society. The Friends of the Library contribute much time, energy and funding for programming which enriches our library and community. Local community donations are making the planning for this project possible.

Special thanks to Gordon Peery, the chairman of the Steering Committee, for his leadership, guidance, and work on this event. He is exceptional.

We look forward to continuing the dialogue on what the community wishes to have in a renewed library. For more information, to sign up to receive project updates, to see a schedule of community input meetings, or for volunteer opportunities, please visit www.1833society.org.

Tina Kriebel

1833 Board Member

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