Library: Leadership appreciates lecture series

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To the Editor:

The 2018-2019 First Wednesdays season has recently come to a close. As the host First Wednesdays in Manchester, the Manchester Community Library is most grateful to the Vermont Humanities Council for providing this first-rate humanities lecture series simultaneously at nine sites throughout the state.

First Wednesdays broadens the horizons of all of us and the library is very pleased to offer this opportunity to community members in our region. We love that there is no cost for Northshire residents to attend a First Wednesdays program, but alas, it is not free to the library to present it to our community. We are therefore indebted to Mystic Caf & Wine Bar, Spring & Harbor Boutique, and Union Underground for graciously underwriting the costs that the library expends to present this First Wednesdays series. Please support these local businesses that support our efforts to bring you quality programming.

First Wednesdays is generously supported statewide by the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, Vermont Department of Libraries, and The Windham Foundation. We would also like to extend kudos to Anonymous (3); The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Pulitzer Prizes; Burr and Burton Academy; Northshire Bookstore; r.k. Miles, Inc.; and Woolmington, Campbell, Bent, & Stasny, P.C.; for sponsoring programs in the series.

Our sincere thanks are extended to the First Congregational Church for providing the venue for Manchester's First Wednesdays programs and to GNAT-TV for taping many of the talks, thereby allowing more people the opportunity to access and enjoy them. This lecture series is a gift to the people of Manchester and the Mountains and we applaud the above businesses and organizations for making it possible.

J. Violet Gannon, library executive director and Kate Orme, President, library board of trustees

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