Helen Brownell, Director of the Easton Library, has announced that she will retire from her position in 2017. Helen has been the director of the library for 30 years serving from 1970-1972 and 1988-2017.
Under Helenâ€™s leadership the Easton library underwent a major expansion in 1995 that allowed the library to create more space for patrons while retaining a cozy, rural feel.Â Helenâ€™s intimate knowledge of her patrons led her to build a library collection that truly represents the interests of her community.Â She has been pivotal in bringing the most up-to-date technology to the library including the automation of the collections, access to eBooks and audiobooks, and development of computer stations & Wi-Fi access.
Helenâ€™s interest in local history helped her to create programs about local history and build a collection of historical materials. She has been instrumental in increasing the level and diversity of community programming. Helenâ€™s long career has provided community members with a life-long library connection extending from one generation to the next.Â Her collaborative nature in working with the staff, Friends of the Library, Board of Trustees, and community at large has been the key to the success of the Easton Library.Â She leaves the library in excellent shape for the next director and our community.Â The search for a new library director will begin January 2017.