Member Spotlight – November/December 2012
Diane Arrato Gavrish – Plaistow Public Library
I have been the Director of the Plaistow Public Library since November of 2010. I got my Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons College in 1979 and have worked in various libraries during my career, including Mason Library at Keene State College, the Derry Public Library, White Pines College, Merrimack Public Library, NH, Leach Library in Londonderry, NH, and now Plaistow. My passion is customer service and creating a warm and inviting place at the public library. The library belongs to the community and my job is to connect the residents with the wealth of information and possibilities held within the library walls.
The contemporary library offers a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for the user, such as computer access, programs for all ages, electronic books, movies, DVDs, video games, magazines, newspapers and much more. Through our new library catalog the customer can create a user account, place items on hold, renew their books, suggest titles for purchase and browse the shelves. Users can research subjects through our databases, see what the newest materials are, keep a list of what you’ve read and watch clips from prominent authors.
Plaistow Library, along with the Sandown and Atkinson libraries, recently created a cooperative (Southern NH Library Cooperative) whereby the card holders of each community can borrow materials from each member library. Since the Timberlane School District is comprised of these towns, it made perfect sense to begin to share resources. Students and their families are now able to go to the area libraries and get materials more quickly than ever before.
The Plaistow Public Library has meeting room space available for use by non-profit organizations. Please contact us if there might be a need that we can fill. We welcome your suggestions; stop in to visit anytime. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a good book and a place to meet friends and neighbors. Watch for our program schedule on our website, www.plaistowlibrary.com and find us on facebook and twitter! There’s something for everyone at the public library.
Diane Arrato Gavrish
Plaistow Public Library
85 Main Street
Plaistow, NH 03865