Candidate Q & A: Rose Ann Wheeler McCarthy, Library Board of Trustees

The following represents the candidate’s responses to the Current’s questions for the Abbot Library Board of Trustees candidates. Jump back to Election Guide

Years in Marblehead: 87 years 

Occupation/education: I graduated from Marblehead High School, and I took courses at Marion Court College. I had worked before I was married; back then you were able to be at home with your children. Today, mothers are working very hard.

Appointed positions and/or elected offices:

Elected to Cemetery Commission, elected to Rec and Parks Commission

What are the most significant issues facing the library, and how would you address them if elected?

I feel people can read anything they want to at home, but I worry about some of the books coming in. I will not want to see any, but I feel really bad about bad books coming into the library. 

How do you keep the library relevant in the era of technology?

It’s about working hand in hand. I love books. I’m all for reading a [physical] book when you have a physical book. If you don’t like it, you move to another one. But books are wonderful, but we could invest in tablets, if [patrons] want them — make them available.  

What are your thoughts on the library’s role in preserving the community’s history and culture?

It’s very important — we can work with the Historical Commission. 

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