Derry library bids goodbye to director

JULIE HUSS/Staff photoDerry Public Library says goodbye this month to director Cara Potter who will be leaving Derry to take a new position in Ohio. The public is invited to stop by and say goodbye during an open house event at the library, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

DERRY — Cara Potter wants the community to know she is thankful for much support during the time she led Derry Public Library as its director.

Potter leaves the library at the end of the month and will take a new position in her native state of Ohio.

For Potter, the past several years have been full of learning, sharing and finding a lot of town support for the local library on East Broadway.

Reference services head Susan Brown will be acting library director until a new director is found.

Potter's new position in Ohio will give her an opportunity to serve as a community library official serving a main branch and several other branches. She said she will also be able to learn more about managing more than one library and said it's a very exciting venture.

"It's a very positive move for me," she said.

Potter came to Derry in 2014 after being chosen from a field of 52 candidates and having worked at various libraries including Boston Public Library and Nashua Public Library.

Potter said she has a lot to be thankful for.

That includes a staff she is proud of, patrons and a town staff and community that has always offered help and support.

"I feel like I"m leaving the library in a very good spot," Potter said.

She is proud of accomplishments at Derry Public Library, true relationships among staff and community, and many new programs and ventures that continue to help the library thrive.

That includes instituting a popular springtime Author Fest, the first Derry Poet Laureate designation, and more physical growth like adding energy-efficient LED lighting to the library and doing major roof upgrades.

She said she is also proud of the growth seen in the library's children's department, adding this past summer about 3,000 young library patrons participated in the annual summer program.

Potter said anyone interested in leading Derry Public Library would find a great situation and staff.

"The staff here is amazing," she said.

Also amazing in her eyes are town administration, town councilors, town employees and residents who all work together to make the library be successful.

"They have all been supportive of the library in my time here," she said, adding Derry Public Library the "best library in New Hampshire."

The library is hosting an open house for Potter on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Patrons and community members are invited to stop by.

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