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May 22, 2013

Plaistow library director steps down


Hoadley said trustees will immediately look to fill Gavrish’s position.

“We will be posting the job through various libraries and we will then proceed with searching for a new director,” she said. “We have no plans to have an interim director.”

Gavrish had no specific plans after she leaves Plaistow, but said she would be looking for something with less hours.

“I’m looking to downsize at this point in my life,” Gavrish said. “Something with fewer hours might be something that I would appreciate.”

That would rule out Gavrish returning to Derry Public Library, a place she left to take the position in Plaistow. Derry library director Cheryl Lynch announced recently she would be retiring on June 2.

“I’ve been there, done that,” Gavrish said. “I would probably have to say no to that.”

Instead, Gavrish said, she would like to return to something which focus on her strengths.

“Marketing and public relations of libraries are the things I’d like to explore,” she said.

In Plaistow, Gavrish created a Facebook page for the library and overhauled the library’s website since taking over as director. But she said she is most proud of creating a co-op program with Sandown and Atkinson.

“It was only the second co-op program in the state,” she said. “It made access to material a much easier process.”

Gavrish, a Derry resident, may not know her future yet, but she knows she will be sad to leave Plaistow.

“I truly love the community here,” she said. “I have a fabulous staff and it’s bittersweet.”

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