On July 28, 2015 the Manchester City Library lost a dear member of our family, Library Trustee Karen Sheehan Lord. Karen has served on the Library’s Board of Trustees since 1990 and carried on a family tradition of service to the library. Karen was actively involved in the Manchester Community after her retirement from the Manchester School District. Her artistic style assisted us on many library renovations and projects, including the celebration of the Carpenter Memorial Library’s Centennial last year. Karen was an avid gardener and the library’s grounds are home to many plants from her gardens. Karen also served as a Director on the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association Board and as a Trustee on the board at the Canterbury Shaker Village.
Her interest in mysteries was well known and many of us on the staff have read her numerous recommendations over the years. She has hooked many of us on new authors and she greatly enjoyed discussing books on her visits to the library. The library staff and her fellow Trustees will miss her presence, her smile, her laugh and her dry sense of humor. To say it was an honor and a privilege to have known her would be an understatement. We offer our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues as we also mourn her loss.
In honor of her memory the library will be closed on Monday August 3rd so that the library staff can attend the funeral services. We will open at 12:30 pm to continue serving the community that Trustee Sheehan Lord was so proud to call home.
Denise M. van Zanten