With all of this great news, we consistently want and need to tell our community about these projects, and we hired Anastasia Tumash, a versatile professional with over 10 years of design experience and her Master of Graphic Design degree from NCSU’s College of Design. As our manager of marketing and public relations, Anastasia has initiated fantastic social media strategies, brought our design work in-house, and refined how advertising dollars are best spent to reach new audiences.
One of the ways we expand our reach is through Janet Forest’s creation and refinement of the Nantucket Atheneum podcast, highlighting History, Special Collections, Treasures from the Vault, and “Behind the Shelves.” If you haven’t had a listen, these treasured conversations feature library staff, and in particular, reference staff from Lincoln Thurber’s team, such as Jim Borzilleri and James Grieder, who newly joined our reference staff in the Great Hall. You may recognize James’s voice from 97.7 ACK FM or have seen his writing for DayBreak Nantucket. Over the past twenty years, James has also worked in town government and as a writer for Yesterdays Island/Today’s Nantucket.
Through the ongoing work of employees like Gillian Lewis, we grew personal outreach through home book delivery. Pamela McGrady continued to curate books for the adult services collection. And the whole circulation team delighted our patrons with their knowledge of materials and services.
The Weezie Library for Children, headed by Librarian Leslie Malcolm, nurtured relationships with the schools, delivered expansive outreach to every daycare and school-aged child on island, and initiated new programs for teens. The Weezie team, which included the artistically talented Jeanne Van Etten, continued creating the ever-popular StoryWalk, storytimes, garden events and grab-and-go bags.
Cheryl Creighton, our Operations Manager and so much more, continued shepherding the library’s English Language classes, while managing human resources, trustee logistics, and with the help of Maintenance Technician, Miguel Morocoima, ensuring care for our beautiful historic building.