Hampstead News

Library Friends Honor Long-Time Program Coordinator Louise Pryor

On Tuesday, May 9, the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library held their final event of the season, their annual Pot Luck Supper. The event featured violin music performed by Anne Marie Pinard, but the highlight of the evening was a thank-you presentation to Louise Pryor.

Pryor joined the Friends of the Library 19 years ago and immediately became program coordinator for the group. She has scheduled the monthly programs that the Friends group has offered free to the community ever since.

Prior to joining the Friends, Pryor worked as a library assistant, starting when Becky Rooney was the director and the library was located in what is now Hampstead's Historical Museum building. Her talent for finding and producing outstanding programs began then and carried over to her volunteer work with the Friends. She also wrote the press releases for the library as well as for the Friends. In addition, she took part in almost all of the other activities of the Friends of the Library, including the Thrift Shop, Holiday House Tours and bake sales, and created posters for many of the Friends' events.


Louise Pryor admires the scarf given to her for her years of service to the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library.

Last fall she announced that she was resigning her position as Program Coordinator effective the end of the 2016 through 2017 Friends season. At this month’s Friends season-ending event, she was presented with a scarf and an Amazon gift card to thank her for her many years of entertaining and educating the town through her programming skills.

Linda Skidmore has accepted the program coordinator position and has already planned the Friends programs for the 2017-2018 season. Pryor plans to remain an active member of the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library and will continue to help out with other activities.














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