Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Good Bye Evans…..

Evans Whilby was a very special person: Harvard PhD, CIGNA Vice President, Teacher, Consultant and Farmington Village Green and Library Association (FVGLA) Finance committee member.

I came to know Dr. Whilby at my first FVGLA Board meeting in November of 2007, where he came up and introduced himself with his captivating mater of fact smile coupled with that distinctive twinkle in his eyes.

Evans was just a great person: intelligent, accomplished, friendly and especially grounded in the importance of life and his love of the library. He stopped by often to pick up a book, visit, use the Internet and another activity. He was therefore, a very good barometer and advocate for outstanding library service here in Farmington.

I am stunned to learn of Evans passing last week and will miss him, a good man who left us too soon.

Good Bye Evans, I shall always remember you…

Good bye Mrs. Brown

Farmington’s Libraries are many things to those who use them; a place to learn, a safe haven from a tumultuous world, a place to find adventure in literature, the best bargain in town, the community hub, a place with fond memories of growing up listening to stories as a child, the place where you fell in love with reading, the place you learned how to use a computer, where you go to find out…….so many options. Our libraries are all about community and the people we serve. It is the place where you are constantly surprised with great service and kindness you never expected: all delivered by people who know your name and care about you. This is not hyperbole, it is a fact.

With that in mind, I would like you all to know about one of our favorite customers, Dorothy “Doro” Brown. Mrs. Brown was an educator, life long learner and avid reader who used the Library throughout her life, but especially after her retirement from teaching. She lived a very active life and yet found time to help others as English as a second language volunteer tutor here at the Library.

Mrs. Brown passed away on December 14, 2007 and remembered the Library in her will and through memorial donations by those who cared about her. I never knew Mrs. Brown, but would have liked to. She has left a legacy of kindness and good memories for all to remember. Good bye Mrs. Brown, you are remembered and missed.