Johnston was named Massachusetts Librarian of the Year

Johnston was named Massachusetts Librarian of the Year
Mary Johnston, left, with Westboro Public Library Director Maureen Amyot. (Picture courtesy)

WESTBORO — Mary Johnston, chair of the Westboro Public Library Board of Trustees, has been named Massachusetts Librarian of the 12 months.

The award was offered on Saturday, October 21, on the Massachusetts Librarians Affiliation convention in Shrewsbury.

“I used to be very shocked and honored to be named Massachusetts Librarian of the 12 months on the Massachusetts Librarians Affiliation convention in Shrewsbury,” Johnston stated. “The library is a crucial a part of our neighborhood, and it was a pleasure to offer again to my metropolis by way of my position as a trustee. Westboro is a superb neighborhood to reside in, and I actually imagine it is vital for residents to discover a technique to become involved in order that Westboro continues to thrive for years to come back.”

Johnston joined the trustees six years in the past and was elected president 5 years in the past.

“There have been numerous trustee nominations from libraries throughout the state, and Mary rose to the highest,” stated Maureen Amyot, director of the Westboro Public Library, who submitted the nomination to Johnston. “Excellent efficiency” doesn’t even start to summarize her work on behalf of the Library.

Amyot’s nomination targeted on Johnston’s work on the library building undertaking.

“On the time she joined the board, the library was on the ready listing for a constructing grant from the Board of Library Commissioners. Johnston joined the library constructing committee, and was elected secretary. Between the award announcement in the summertime of 2022 and the autumn assembly, City, Johnston and Amyot made quite a few public performances.”

Through the fall assembly in October 2022, Johnston and Amyot offered the undertaking and answered questions from constituents. The article failed by 5 votes.

“The weeks following the defeat have been very tough for the workers, to say the least. Marie arrived the primary week with candies and a honest card telling us she cared,” Amyot stated.

He re-petitioned the library undertaking for a particular metropolis assembly in December, however it was defeated once more.

“After the second loss, Marie was a rock for me and all the workers,” Amyot stated. “After I requested an expert growth day, I instantly agreed to it, and introduced in a counselor from the Worker Help Program to assist workers work by way of the grief, shock, and anger they felt towards neighborhood members they felt betrayed.

“She has been there for me personally as effectively, by way of my wrestle to take care of my feelings about this however having to be sturdy and compassionate for my workers on the similar time. She remains to be at all times there for all of us. She labored with me on setting objectives for the fiscal 12 months New, inspired me to do frequent workers growth days, and is at all times the library’s greatest advocate locally.

As well as, Johnston helped with many occasions on the library.

“She’s the primary to boost her hand after we need assistance at a library occasion. It is common to search out her serving pizza at our annual open home, serving to with crowd management at our haunted library, or scooping ice cream on a Sunday,” Amyot stated. “Mary is likely one of the most excellent trustees I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout my profession. I am so grateful to have her on the board right here, as a result of she’s actually making a distinction. Her love for this library matches mine, and I am unable to wait to see what’s subsequent whereas she’s a guardian.

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