To the editor:
Each year the Valentine's Day holiday gives us the opportunity to let those around us know just how much we care, and so I would like to take a moment this year to thank a very special group of people. The Amesbury Public Library staff are a hard-working and multi-talented bunch who daily give 110 percent to the job.
At a time when we all are asked to do more with less, the Amesbury Public Library has enjoyed nothing short of a renaissance, largely due to a staff that has thought creatively about how best to serve the people of Amesbury. They have created new physical spaces within the library, and simply made the library a more inviting place to be. Children's programming, after-school clubs for teens, book clubs and even the library's first-ever live music event have been incredibly popular, as this dynamic staff has created venues to attract Amesbury's youth, adults and seniors. The library is a destination for the Amesbury community, with 87 percent more new patrons signing up this January than in January 2011, and patron visits to the library regularly smashing records each month.
On my family's frequent visits to the APL for new reading material, museum passes, DVDs or a creative movement class, we are always greeted with a smile, and everyone you encounter there is ready to help. This is a staff that is energized by what they do and each person has contributed to the multi-layered service our library provides.
Thank you to all of you at the Amesbury Public Library, and for continuing to do a job well done. You are fine examples of dedication to public service!
Johanna Hoyt Kimball
On behalf of the APL Board of Trustees