“I like to think of the staff as guides,” Lynch said. “We will help you begin your journey here.”
She said the Derry library now does it all.
Children and their parents go to the lower level for story times and special activities. Adults find a quiet corner to read. Students can do their studying online or ask staff members a question about just about anything.
Derry Public Library now has more than 120,000 items, with thousands more available through a library consortium sharing program. There are also 16,717 cardholders.
Lynch credits the library’s trustees for being smart about spending and saving money when needed.
“And what worked 22 years ago is still working today,” she said. “People still feel good when they walk in the building.”
Lynch said she is looking forward to having “play time, me time.” She will miss the staff she’s worked with for so long.
“That was the hardest part of my decision, I will miss the connections to the community,” she said. “But like water, I’m finding a new pathway.”