Pawling Library Centennial Committee Honors Staff Throughout November

Pawling Library Centennial Committee Honors Staff Throughout November

By Susan Stone

The Pawling Library Centennial Honorees for the month of November are those dedicated library staff professionals who exhibit kindness to all and commitment to their work every day. They are courteous, patient, knowledgeable, and always extremely helpful. These accolades describe the many members of this hard-working team, who make it possible to deliver programs and services to the Pawling community.

Of particular note are the four longest-serving staff members, past and present, who have been singled out for special recognition. They are:

  • Donald Partelow, adult program coordinator, who has been providing patrons with educational opportunities that run the gamut from film screenings to writing workshops and everything fun, entertaining and enlightening in between since 2005.
  • Lisa Geocos, part-time library clerk for the last sixteen years, who also processes most of the children’s materials along with happily helping patrons at the front desk.
  • Lyn Lavallee, who served as library clerk, and who was a part of the library family for more than sixteen years prior to her retirement in 2019. Lyn passed away shortly after leaving the library, and her presence has been sorely missed.

Beyond these longest-serving employees, the Centennial Committee is also honoring library clerks Kaitlyn Stroud, Leah Turner, Vero Vertiz, and Angie Webb. Additionally, children’s program specialist Carla Bigg, children’s program coordinator Neena McBaer, and circulation supervisor Tom Clemmons are receiving kudos for their noteworthy assistance in providing unparalleled programming and assistance.

Finally, standing tall (literally) among the many mentioned above who serve, is the library’s intrepid director, Brian Avery, whose leadership has led to myriad ways to expand library services for the benefit of all.

Information about the Pawling Library Centennial celebration can be found on the centennial website at Follow the link to the centennial Facebook page for the latest news about upcoming centennial programs and events.

Author: Harlem Valley News