Carol Gray has announced her retirement as director of the Sawyer Free Library, ending a 16-year career that saw the library achieve new heights after a wave of fiscal adversity.
Gray, a Lanesville resident, joined the library staff in 1998 as assistant director and on three occasions during a tumultuous decade served as acting director before gaining the top position in 2007.
David McAveeney, who headed the library’s Board of Directors in 2006-2007, said Gray brought stability to an institution that had slashed operating hours and staffing and nearly lost state certification because of financial uncertainty. “She was the one who kept the place afloat,” he said.
Scott Memhard, the library board’s current president, said Gray’s credits include a key role in creating a new strategic plan, keeping library technology up to date with internet resources and e-books, and broadening the library’s English as a Second Language program to reach more residents.
“Circulation of books, audio, video and other materials is growing, new programs are in place for adults, teens and children, the Lyceum program has expanded, and technology has been kept up to date—all of this done with barely a hiccup or a hitch,” Memhard said.