To the editor:
First, a sincere thanks to all Marblehead voters who supported my candidacy for Abbot Public Library Trustee over the last three terms. It has been a privilege to serve our town for the last nine years and to work with the community leaders who have served on the Board and committees with me. Libraries are, after all, the great equalizers in our society — free for all and champions of continuous learning and intellectual freedom. As a teacher and writer, I know this.
My nine years on the Board have been anything but dull! They have been busy, pivotal years as we hired the architectural firm of Johnson Roberts Associates from Somerville, and began the process for a much-needed structural renovation of our library building that will meet the needs of a 21st-century library in terms of technology, appropriate spaces and access to materials. In addition, we hired a wonderful library director in Kimberly Grad from Brooklyn, New York, who brings her years of extensive experience, collaborative skills and creative ideas to work for the future of our Marblehead town library.
We owe much of the above success in these transitions, however, to Gary Amberik, a talented architect with a major Boston firm, who is now running for his third term on the Library Board. As Board of Trustees Chair and Chair of the Building Renovation Committee (BRC), Gary has been a calm, conscientious and competent presence among us. There is nothing he isn’t able to explain, fix or give solid advice on. Whether the roof tiles fall, the heat goes off or something needs a quick installation, he’s there supporting our library staff at all hours of the day and night. He also keeps us updated on every stage of the renovation — costs and progress. I’ve worked with Gary for the last six years and his contributions are significant. I respectfully ask town voters to consider him when you vote on Tuesday, June 20! Thank you all.
Ann McGreevy, Ph. D.