We are very excited to host acclaimed novelist Peter Behrens, on Tuesday evening, July 24, at 6:00 pm. Behrens will present his latest book, “The O’Briens”, described by the New York Times’s John Vernon as an “impressive new novel … which follows four generations of an Irish family from the wilds of Quebec at the turn of the 20th century through British Columbia, California, New York, Montreal, Europe and finally to Maine in the 1960s.” Mr. Behrens is also the author of “The Law of Dreams”, a picaresque story of another Irish immigrant during the time of the famine in 19th century Ireland.
Margaret Hathaway, author of Living With Goats: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Backyard Herd, and The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese, will be a guest speaker at Falmouth Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 29 at 6 pm. Margaret and her husband own Ten Apple Farm in Gray, Maine. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Author Caitlin Shetterly will visit Falmouth Memorial Library to discuss her book, “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home”, on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm. Ms. Shetterly is a writer, teacher, and frequent contributor to National Public Radio. Please join us on Thursday evening; this promises to be a lively and thought-provoking event.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, President, Falmouth Memorial Library Board of Trustees
Date: May 9, 2012
JACKSON-DARLING APPOINTED NEW DIRECTOR OF FALMOUTH LIBRARY
Public will be invited to a garden reception to welcome her to her new position
Falmouth, Maine—The Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Memorial Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andi Jackson-Darling, the current president of the Maine Library Association and assistant director of the Falmouth Memorial Library, as Library Director. She begins her new role June 1, 2012.
The library underwent a six-month transition process involving interviewing hundreds of community members and library staff to determine what the vision should be for the library and to identify the leadership skillsets needed to reach that vision. That information was used to draft a vision statement and to revise the job description of the library director.
“The past several months have been a time for introspection, renewal, and growth at the library, and we believe that the transition process has been an overall positive experience for the organization,” said Julie Rabinowitz, president of the Board of Trustees. “We have emerged with a clear vision of what we—as a board, a staff, and a community—want to see in Falmouth’s library. In light of this work, we are excited that Andi has agreed to take on this challenge, and we look forward to working with her.”
The selection of Ms. Jackson-Darling to head the library is the culmination of the search process, chaired by board vice-president David Segre, which involved a review of dozens of candidates from across the country. Her familiarity with Falmouth, her previous position as director of the Camden Library, and her current leadership of the Maine Library Association were strengths of her application, as well as her continuous drive to develop as a professional and share her learning and insights with the staff. In particular, her leadership at the state level on issues related to the future of libraries and the use of technology in libraries will help Falmouth move toward reaching the vision set forth this winter by the Board of Trustees.
“Libraries have the ability to transform lives. Who wouldn’t love this job?” said Jackson-Darling, adding, “I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with a great staff and community.” Jackson-Darling holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Maine in Media Studies and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. In addition to serving as the current president of the Maine Library Association, she serves as vice chair of the Southern Maine Library District Board and is a member of the District Liaison Committee. She has worked as the assistant director/reference librarian at the Falmouth Memorial Library since September 2006 and was previously the director of the Camden Public Library.
The public will be invited to welcome Ms. Jackson-Darling to her new position at a garden reception in June. More information about that event will be made available on the library’s new website, www.FalmouthMemorialLibrary.org.
Andi Jackson-Darling, current president of the Maine Library Association, has been appointed library director at the Falmouth Memorial Library.
Paintings by Anne Thompson Schutz will be exhibited at the Library beginning on May 15 until June 30, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 17, 5:00-7:00 pm.
This art show is the early kickoff of “Garden Month” at the Library, beginning on June 1.
Please don’t miss this display of Anne’s exquisite watercolors.
May is Bottle Sorting Month! The Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library need volunteers to help sort bottles at the Bucknam Road sorting station throughout the month. All proceeds benefit the Library. If you can help, please come in and sign up, or call us at 781-2351.