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!”