DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 27, 2014

Three vie for open Leach Library trustee jobs


Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — One incumbent Leach Library trustee hopes to win another three-year term, going up against two challengers in next month’s election.

Incumbent Melissa Coffey faces off against Cynthia Peterson and Raymond Brown for the two open positions.

Brown said the library’s position in the community is key.

“I believe a library is very important to any community and to this community,” Brown said, “particularly in times of economic recession.”

He said Leach Library’s programming and outreach is very good but he wants a chance to put some of his ideas into action as a trustee.

Peterson said libraries in this day and age often face budget restrictions and staff cuts. She said keeping programs updated for all patrons at every age is key.

For Coffey, another term as trustee would give her a chance to work to bring the library more into the social media age with a stronger online presence for patrons wanting to utilize services from home.

Raymond Brown

Age: 62

Occupation: Security consultant, retired U.S. Coast Guard captain

Elective experience: None

Incumbent: No

What is the single most important issue facing Leach Library trustees? Pursuing vibrant public engagement by increasing online access, cooperative with other libraries, sustaining excellent public programs, ensuring RSAs are understood by all.

Melissa Coffey

Age: 42

Occupation: Homemaker

Elective experience: Leach Library trustee

Incumbent: Yes

What is the single most important issue facing Leach Library trustees? Getting more of an online presence whether through social media as well as an online catalog so patrons can reserve books from home computers.

Cynthia Peterson

Age: 48

Occupation: Manager, state of N.H. Department of Employment Security

Elective experience: None

Incumbent: No

What is the most important issue facing Leach Library trustees? The greatest challenge is how to meet increasing demand for quality programs and services in the face of budget restrictions and limited staff.