Category Archives: Library

An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Annual Reports on-line

Town’s Annual Reports are on-line

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Hi Kristine,

I heard the digitization of town annual reports came up in the last selectman’s meeting, and I wanted to let you know that the library digitized all of the reports that we had a while back through the State Library commonwealth digitization project. Here’s the link:  and you’re welcome to throw that up on the town website.



Pamela Gardner

Library Director


Globe covers Medfield Memorial Library every 100 years

From Colleen Sullivan –

In [Sunday]’s Boston Globe West (Informer Column)!!!

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PS – Colleen said that the original Medfield Memorial Library dedication in 1917 appeared in the Boston Globe too.

Library Director, Kristen Chin, leaving

Kristen Chin Leaving as Library Director

Kristen Chin has announced that she will be leaving her position as the Director of the Medfield Memorial Library to take a “dream position” in Barrington, RI, nearer to her home.  The Library Trustees will start the search for a new director.

Medfield also lost its last library director so she too could be nearer to her home, in Gloucester on the North Shore.

Angel tree – make wishes come true


Angel Tree program relies on the generous spirit of Medfield residents

The Angel Tree is up in the Medfield Public Library and needs your help! This program helps Medfield families who need some extra assistance this holiday season by providing two “wants” and two “needs” for each child or teen in the family. Participating families submit a wish list of items for their children, and those wishes are added to paper Christmas angels that adorn the Angel Tree on display in the library.

To support a family in our community, simply visit the tree during normal library hours, select one or more angels, fulfill the child’s wish listed on the angel, and return the wrapped gift to the Angel Tree with the paper angel attached to the gift. The program runs until Wednesday, December 14th, so please be sure to return your wrapped gift to the tree by 5:30 pm on that day. The gifts will then be collected and distributed to families so their holidays can shine a little brighter.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Medfield residents, and we are so grateful for your warmth and caring spirit! Questions about the Angel Tree can be directed to Medfield Youth Outreach at (508) 359-7121 or

Kathleen Brennan Day

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Town of Medfield

There are people in this Town who make Medfield the special place that it is. They are the kind of people who give of themselves, who strive to improve the life of the community, who go to meetings when they would rather stay home with their families, who listen patiently to residents concerned about the impact of a program or project on their children or their neighborhoods, who seek no recognition but prefer instead the satisfaction of accomplishing something of lasting value.

We celebrate one of these people today, Kathleen Brennan, who has dedicated her efforts on behalf of the residents of Medfield to insuring that Medfield’s Memorial Public Library provides an outstanding level of service to library patrons, to accommodating the changes that have taken place in the way that library services are delivered, to maintaining an exceptionally qualified and dedicated staff, and to insuring that the library has sufficient financial resources and public support to accomplish these tasks.

During her fourteen-year tenure as President of the Friends of the Library, Kathy has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Friends mission, from serving as membership chairman; raising over $20,000 annually to support library initiatives; supporting a wide variety of innovative programs ranging from creation of the Friends bookstore, provision of self-checkout stations,  recognition of excellence in student writing through the Amy Fiske and creative writing awards; participating in the strategic planning process; and serving on library director search committees. She also spearheaded a book campaign that raised $45,675 for the library and personally donated 200 books from her family’s collection. Under her able guidance, the Friends targeted their efforts towards children and teen programs with over 7,500 attending the more than 500 programs offered by the library during the past year alone. She has indeed done much to secure the Memorial Public Library’s place as an outstanding public library.

For her selfless efforts, we the Medfield Board of Selectmen, at a duly constituted meeting of the Board held on December 1, 2015, voted, unanimously, to declare December 8, 2015 as

Kathleen Brennan Day

in the Town of Medfield and ask our fellow citizens to join with us in honoring her.

Voted at Medfield,
in the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts
on this first day of December 2015

Richard P. DeSorgher, Chairman
Mark L. Fisher, Clerk
Osler L. Peterson, Third Member

“Goodbye, But Let’s Stay Friends”

“Goodbye, But Let’s Stay Friends” was the subject line and Kathy’s pun of her farewell email, which I omitted.

She also started her remarks by asking why the ghost took out so many library books?  “Because he goes through them so fast!”


Kathy Brennan retires and has her day

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Kathy Brennan retired as the long time president of the Friends of the Medfield Library this week, and the selectmen declared that day, December 8, as “Kathleen Brennan Day.”

These were Kathy’s remarks at the retirement reception on Wednesday evening and in her email today to solicit our ongoing membership in the Friends of the Medfield Library –

December 8, 2015


Dear Friends,


As I retire after 14 years (13? I think I’ve lost count) as President of the Friends of the Medfield Library, this is what I have learned.


When hands are few, efficiency and perseverance are key. For several years, our dauntless little group of five-friends-that-could has chugged along adding about $20,000 a year to the library’s budget. We know if our train ever stops so does most library programming, as well as museum passes, creative writing scholarships and the amenities that make our library more than just books. So we chug along, as determinedly efficient as we can be.


Sue Wilson is our engine. Her enduring drive and nonstop motor form the heart of our book sale efforts. She’s in the background, humming along with a vision and a mission and a plan. Her quiet leadership was clearly on display throughout our three day long book sales. While I’d wilt after my one-hour shift, Sue always seemed her freshest on day three.


It’s Karen Anszperger who provides the high test fuel for the engine, always giving thoughtful debate to maximizing profits for the library while not overpricing for our customers. She fights for every penny because it’s FOR THE LIBRARY. My fundraiser’s heart would lift when I’d hear Karen say, “Let’s make it $8 a bag this year.”


Sally Sheldon attends to our details – meticulously keeping track of our members and our proceedings. Sally also doesn’t neglect the nice details – her special touches like candy canes, balloons, and hand-wrapped gift-wrapped book sets add a personal and caring, friendly touch. Sally’s a former teacher and I have been grateful for her help dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s I’d otherwise have missed.


LD Sheldon is our regulator. He keeps us on track and focused. He crunches our numbers, safeguards our funds – YOUR contributions – and provides useful counsel on questions financial and otherwise. LD has been a careful sergeant-at-arms who has protected our money – and our meetings – from disorder.


As for me, I guess I’ve been the Krazy Glue, filling in the gaps with my own special brand of cohesion, which can sometimes clog up the works too. I suppose it’s my small business survival-in-the-trenches training these past thirty years. Just get the job done and move on to the next one.


So for years, I have hung banners, penned press releases, and created book sale posters. I have enjoyed, and set up chairs for, poetry readings, musical guests, mystery author panels and balloon animal creators. I’ve led or attended at least a million meetings and that’s only if you count my three cycles of strategic planning and two stints on the executive director search committee. And whether a point of pride or pain, I once formatted and printed 2,400 personalized book plates. Ahhh, good times.


Any sane person, like my daughter, might ask as she did, “Why do all this?”


“That’s why they call it volunteer work, honey,” is what I told her.


Volunteer work that can be mundane or menial or exasperating or repetitive and infinitely time-consuming in any and all combinations. Sort of like my real job, but there the reward is more tangible.


What keeps us going? Well for me this must be my labor of love.


I have held a library fascination since my four-year-old eyes first found the two white marble lions guarding the front door of the Watertown (NY) Public Library. I looked for them every time we drove by and still do when I go back to visit today.


I met Nancy Drew at the Wolcott (CT) library a few years later and formed a long, loving friendship with her that must explain why my book of choice even today is usually a mystery.


When I walked in for the first time 18 years ago – it was the “old” Medfield library back then – this felt like a familiar, cozy and welcoming place with built in friends behind the circulation desk – those wonderful people who busy themselves being helpful and creating a library that is useful and relevant, fun, and so friendly. It is a point of pride that I’ve worked with the only four directors the library has ever had: Jane Archer, Dan Brassell, Deborah Kelsey, and now Kris Chin, all leaving their marks of distinction on this wonderful place.


And so my work is done now. I’ve shown my library love. Now I’m going to bask in it for a bit. You’ll find me relaxing in the periodical room, probably reading the new Michael Connolly.


I am excited to hand off my glue stick to the new Friends President, Ninette van Lingen and Vice President, Carol Wasserman who will add an enthusiastic and energetic shine to the group’s well-tuned machinery.


I hope you’ll show them your library love. Pitch in, participate, speak up, be a Friend!


As ever your Friend,


Kathy Brennan,Outgoing President

Friends of the Medfield Library


P.S. I’d consider it a personal favor if you renewed your Friends membership for 2016. You can either use the form you received in the mail last week or the form I have attached to this email. I thank you.

Friends of Library this Saturday events

Medfield Public Library Friends

The Friends of the Medfield Library invite you to stop by the library on Saturday, October 24th any time between 10:00 and 5:00 to join in the fun.

Buy a bag (or many) of books for only $5.00 each.

Join the Friends for 2016 and receive a surprise gift (generously sponsored by MEMO).

Enjoy an amazing balloon animal artist & magician from 11:00 – 12:30.

Enter a raffle to win a basket full of surprises, including gifts from our sponsors, Park Street Books, Sluggers Academy and Butterfly Tree, among others.

Sample refreshments, courtesy of Blue Moon Bagel Cafe.

Thanks to funds raised from book sales and the annual membership drive, the Friends contribute more than $20,000 annually to support library programs, services, and materials.

Join the Friends and support your library!




Summer movies

The library is looking to show movies outdoors at 8PM on Tuesday nights this July and August.  This letter came to the selectmen from the new Director –

June 25, 2015

Board of Selectmen Town Hall
459 Main Street
Medfield MA 02052

Dear Selectmen,

I am writing to request the use of the Town Green (near Gazebo) for showing outdoor family movies as part of the library’s programming this summer. Through the Friend’s of the Medfield Public Library, we were able to purchase a large, inflatable screen that can be set up and taken down easily. The movies to be shown will only be rated G or PG and the showings will be free to the public, with popcorn provided by the library.  A staff member will be present during the entire showing of the movie and the library will be responsible for taking down the equipment and cleaning up the area.

I have shown outdoor movies at my previous library and they are a great hit, offering a kind of drive-in appeal, with kids coming in their pajamas with their sleeping bags!

We are considering showing the movies on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 8:00 pm throughout July and August.

If you need any more information, please let me know. Thank you for your consideration.

Warmest Regards,

/Kristen M. Chin/
Library Director
Medfield Memorial Public Library