Board of Trustees

Meetings

The Board of Trustees has a regular meeting schedule of the third Tuesday of each month at  1:30 PM.

Meeting notices are posted at the Public Library on the bulletin board, at the Town Hall on their notice board, and on the Library's online calendar. Recordings of meetings can be found on the Town's Cable channel 17 or on 
Hampstead Cable Channel On-Demand.
If anyone would like to attend a meeting but the time is a deterrent, please reach out to the Director, Rosemary Krol
 

Natalie Gallo, Chair

nagallo @ comcast.net

 

Charlene Flaherty

flahertyca @ comcast.net

 

Ronnie Shelley

vershelley @ gmail.com

 

Al Cipriano, Treasurer

mrcid1 @ aol.com

 

Kristina Durocher

kristina.durocher @ gmail.com

 

Alternate Members
Theresa McTammany

Bob O'Brien

 

Past meeting minutes and director reports:

Meeting Minutes for Board of Trustees

 


Building for the Future: Hampstead Public Library Pavilion Brick Walkway Fundraiser

Dear Members of the Greater Hampstead Community:

In an effort to provide additional safe places for the community to gather, the Hampstead Public Library has been working to improve outdoor spaces.  A sturdy StoryWalk® and a safe off-street path to the Storybook Garden were achieved in 2021, due to grants and generous donations.

The next goal set forth by the Library Board of Trustees is to build a 20 x 40-foot roofed pavilion on the Library’s front lawn.

Hampstead Public Library Pavilion Brick Walkway Fundraiser- Phased Approach

The Hampstead Public Library Trustees would like to thank the Hampstead community members who have donated so far to our “Building for the Future” Pavilion Brick Walkway Fundraiser.  We have adjusted our plans a little so we can move forward with the process. Here are our phased plans for continued fundraising.

Phase 1 included our brick fundraiser. Brick order Deadline is now August 22. Over 275 organizations and individuals have indicated that they support the pavilion with their choice of bricks.  We currently have enough money to complete the slab and the foundation for the pavilion and will begin that phase in August. Once that slab is complete we will be installing the brick pathway so our donors will have the satisfaction of seeing their personalized bricks.  Some of the difficulties of using the front lawn will be alleviated with the installation of the slab and safe accessible pathway.

Phase 1 includes the Library researching grants and free public money to support our pavilion. Rosemary Krol, our director, has applied for over $100,000 in state, private, and public grants, but due to the great need of others because of COVID, we haven't yet qualified for these larger grants.  We continue to search for appropriate grants. The main reason we started this project was to help us continue to serve the Hampstead community more safely outside, during COVID and beyond.

During Phase 2, the library will continue fundraising and applying for grants, including seeking ARPA funds from the town. The goal of the pavilion is to help mitigate issues of safely meeting and social distancing that the pandemic has created.  The result of Phase 2 will be purchasing and installing the 20 by 40-foot pavilion kit. It is to serve all ages and facilitate outdoor meetings and programs, such as toddler story time, various classes, book discussions, craft activities, summer programming, and much more. The planned structure provides wheelchair-accessibility, and is equipped with electricity and a wireless internet connection.

Phase 3 will be happening in 2023. Once the pavilion structure is put up then we will begin to assess what kind of landscaping we might need to help soften the road noise and to make it a more pleasant park-like public space in front of the library.

While we know that Hampstead has other pavilions throughout the town that our community is fortunate to have, the pavilion here at the public library will offer abundant parking, accessible bathrooms, and a variety of programming. Our youth services librarian can quickly wheel a cart out to the front lawn to set up our story time for many families in the safe and protected pavilion without needing to pack her vehicle and drive to a different pavilion. Weekly story times and programs are attended by multigenerational visitors, so we want to offer a gathering space for all ages.  Visitors who attend our outdoor book groups, yoga and stretching health classes, and other programs can then come in for restrooms and browse for books and entertainment. We’re looking forward to being able to offer a safe, comfortable, and weather-protected space for the Hampstead community.

As always, we appreciate your continued support as we build for the future of the Town and the Library.

Sincerely,

Rosemary Krol, Library Director

Natalie Gallo, Chairperson of Hampstead Library Board of Trustees

Hampstead Public Library would like to thank our Business and Organization Sponsors. See current list as an attachment below.

 

History of the Hampstead Public Library Trustees

TRUSTEES  
Henry Ordway, George R. Bennette, J.C. Eastman, William A. Emerson, Samuel Morse 1888 1888
George R. Bennette 1890-1897/1902-1904
William A. Emerson 1915-1920
Andrew M. Moulton  1889
John S. Carson 1889-1932
Francis H. Sawyer 1889
Moses C. Morse    1890
Isaac Randall 1891
Daniel N. Hoyt 1892-1895 /1911
Daniel Emerson 1896-1911
Rufus P. Gardiner 1898-1901
George A. Hoyt 1905-1910
Albion D. Emerson 1912-1914 /1933-1939
Lucius L.  Darbee 1914-1931
Joseph M. Toit 1932-1937
Harriette W. Ingraham 1939-1942
Arthur A. Hathaway 1942
S. Evelyn Taylor 1942-1944 / 1946-1947
Grace Shaw Johnson 1942
Madeline Collette 1944-1952
Bertha Whiteneck 1944-1945
Helen Swift 1945-L946
Agnes Covell 1947-1953
Pearl Darling 1948-1952
Viola Johnston 1953-1954
Marion Wright 1954-1958
Ann D. Bolton 953-1955
Pearl Cornwell 1956-1967
Lincoln K. Drake 1956
Rev. Theodore B. Hadley 1957-1962
Esther Orcutt 1959-1966
Marjorie Kirkness 1963-1967
Elaine Brough 1967-1972
Calvin Scovel, Jr. 1968-1973
Loretta Cummings 1972-1973
Mildred F. Emerson 1973-1975
Florence Malsbenden 1975-1977
Mary E. Clark 1974-1979
Beth Duston 1976-1981
Louis Griffith 1978-1980
David Lanning 1980-1984
Warren Cooke 1981-1982/1988
Catherine Robbins 1982-1985
Wendell McIntire 1983
Adele Trested 1984
Pamela Hartung 1985-2003
Warren Trested 1985-1987
Lincoln Palmer 1987
Joseph Hannigan, Jr 1988-1992
Jay Burns 1989-2005
Margot Clemente 1993-2008
Pamela Hartung 1998-2003
Robert Kuhl 2005-2013
Emily Reschburger 2003-2018
Diane Kelly 2008-2011
Judi Crowley 2010-2011
Paul Schofield 2010-2011
Aileen Wall 2012-2014
John Skidmore 2012-2013
Gwen Glick 2013-2016
Alfred Cipriano 2015-2018, 2021-Present
Robert O'Brien 2018
Natalie Gallo 2015-Present
Veronica Shelley 2019-Present
Charlene Flaherty 2018-Present
Kristina Durocher 2021-Present