EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 25, 2013

Plaistow library director starts new chapter

By Alex Lippa
alippa@eagletribune.com

---- — PLAISTOW — New library director Cab Vinton has a simple motto as he settles into his job.

“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.

Vinton, 47, is in his second week as director at Plaistow Public Library. Vinton comes from Sanbornton, where he spent seven years as library director.

“I had reached the limit with what I was able to accomplish up there,” he said. “I was looking for a bigger library with a lot more going on and in a bigger town.”

Vinton said while he is pleased with how the library functions, there is always room for growth.

“There is scope to really expand our programs,” he said. “The children’s programs are super active, but I’d like to see a lot more going on with the adult programs,”

In addition to getting more adults involved, he said he’s also hoping to interact with local civic groups.

“We can establish more partnerships and collaborations, whether it’s with the historical society or any other groups in town,” he said. “It’s something I’d like to see happen.”

Vinton has some visions for the library, but he wants to hear first what the community wants.

“I’m new to the area, so my first goal is to get to know folks and get a better sense of the community,” he said. “I want to figure out what they want. There’s lots of ideas I have, but what Plaistow wants is a different question.”

Another one of the hurdles Vinton faces is keeping up the library up to date as technology rapidly improves.

“There are other libraries that offer downloading music or video, but those can have budgetary consequences,” he said. “Libraries might not have been at the very cutting edge, but they also shouldn’t be the last to have new technologies. We want to stay relevant, but there is a digital divide.”

The first days on the job have been busy for Vinton, but so far he is pleased with the reception he has received from the community.

“Folks haven’t been shy about introducing themselves,” he said. “People have knocked on my door just to say hi, which has been great.”

Prior to Sanbornton, Vinton was a reference librarian at Plymouth State University and Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Vinton’s salary is $60,000.

He replaces Diane Arato-Gavrish, who left in May. She is now assistant director at Chester Public Library.

Calls to library trustees were not returned.