Jamaica Memorial Library hires new librarian


JAMAICA -- There's a new librarian in town, and she says she's enjoying the job so far.

Karen Cawrse started on May 1 after the Jamaica Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire her.

Shortly after, Cawrse began rearranging some furniture and other items. With ongoing renovations in the building, she was given space in the children's section and computer room to set up.

"I'm getting my things settled in and setting up systems," she said. "It's been so long since there was a librarian here. I want to work really hard to get things up to speed. I've enjoyed meeting the public and talking to people. It's been great."

The board of trustees began the search for a new librarian after Victoria Tomkinson Duffy resigned on March 25.

Cawrse had library experience. She was volunteering at the Moore Free Library in Newfane, the town where she resides.

"I was wishing I could have done more at that point. It was great meeting the community and working in the library," said Cawrse. "I've always loved libraries and frequented them since I was a little girl."

When the opportunity to become the librarian in Jamaica came up, she thought she should go for it.

Her experience includes adult and child enrichment and education as well as health care grants administration. She also owned a small business.

For the summer reading camp held during the week of July 21, there are two volunteers who will run it this year. Since Cawrse already had plans for that week, she could not commit to the program but believed she would be a part of it in years to come.

Cawrse told the Reformer that she wants to increase programming for adults and make the library more of a community resource or meeting place.

"I envision increasing the patronage and the collection and putting my spin on it. I'm hoping it will come along well," she said. "It's exciting for me. I'm just enjoying it and looking forward to all the things I can do here. It's going to take me awhile to get settled in but I'm up for it. Everyone is so nice, the board is so helpful. It's a lovely little town. I think it's going to work out beautiful."

The library will now be open on Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story hour will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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