Edgartown library welcomes new director with a party

New director Jill Hughes posed for a photo at the open house Friday on the library lawn. — Photo by Michelle Williams

The Edgartown Library board of trustees held an open house on the library lawn on Friday to welcome new director Jill Hughes to the community and discuss plans for the new library.

Last Monday was Ms. Hughes’ first day on the job, and she spent the week trying to learn more about her new work environment. “Everyday, I’m learning more and more, and meeting wonderful people,” she said. “There is a great sense of community.”

She attributed that feeling to the library staff. “There is charm beyond the building. Every person on staff goes above and beyond to welcome people and help,” she said.

Ms. Hughes moved to Edgartown from Connecticut last month. Most recently she worked as executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, and before that as children’s librarian in Westport, Connecticut.

At an Edgartown board of selectmen meeting in early June, chairman of the board of trustees Julie Lively said Ms. Hughes was the best choice for the job early in the search process.

Ms. Hughes is replacing Felicia Cheney, who resigned in December. Ms. Cheney was the library director for six years.

“We wanted to welcome her to the community and thank the town for funding the new library,” Mary Jane Carpenter said at the open house. Ms. Carpenter is an expert on history of Edgartown’s Carnegie Library and member of the Friends of the Edgartown Library.

At the open house, plans for the new library were on display. The new library will be located where the 1924 Edgartown Elementary School currently is.

“Edgartown is launched on its path towards a new library to serve the people of town for generations to come,” wrote the Edgartown library board of trustees on the library website. “We thought it only fitting to mark the opening of this summer season with a celebration thanking all the citizens of town for their votes in support of the library and its programs.”

For the summer season, the library will host a variety of events including music, discussions with authors, and children’s programs. For more information, go to the library’s website, www.edgartownlibrary.org.