SALISBURY — Playing its final role in the community, the 1950’s-era, now-empty former Salisbury library presented the perfect backdrop for the actualization of a “dream,” — the groundbreaking for the 17,000 square foot library soon to be built in its place.
Though rain made an appearance early in the morning, by 10 a.m., as Town Manager Neil Harrington took to the podium to welcome the scores in attendance, the sun had came out.
Following a 10-year campaign by town officials and community members to get a new library in town, yesterday’s ceremony had a joyous mood.
“The dream will become a reality when we dig the first shovel of dirt today,” Selectman and co-chairman of the of the Library Building Committee Henry Richenburg said.
Richenburg reminded the crowd that though townspeople will see the fruit of everyone’s labor when the new library is completed, two dedicated library champions who worked long and hard on the project will not be around to see it become a reality. Library Trustees Bill Carroll and Donna Stucker died before seeing the community cast votes on more than one occasion in support of the library, Richenburg said, as Stucker’s son, daughter and two grandsons stood in the crowd.
“We miss you,” Richenburg said, of Carroll and Stucker. “Your hard work will never be forgotten. You will be in our hearts forever.”
With so many residents involved in the project, it would be impossible to name everyone, Harrington said, but he did highlight the efforts of Library Trustees Jeannette Lazarus, Maureen Dupray, Karen MacInnis, Dianne Masiello, Nicholas Sullivan, and Joseph Stucker, as well as Library Building Committee members Selectman Freeman Condon and Larry Cuddire, Library Director Terry Kyrios and Salisbury Planning Director Lisa Pearson.
Lazarus compared Kyrios and Pearson to the character in the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could,” who climbed a high hill by chanting, “I think I can, I think I can.”