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In Loving Memory

July 30th, 2015 · 4 Comments · City Library, Main Branch, Trustees, West Branch


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 for the morning 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
Library Director

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Lichen

    So sorry to hear of her passing. She worked so hard for the Library.

  • Melanie

    I knew Mrs. Lord as an art teacher at Central HS. I loved taking her class. She will be missed

  • Yvonne

    Thank you, Melanie. We are all the richer for having known her. She was a very supportive and hard working trustee and I’m sure she must have been a very fine teacher, as well.
    Yvonne Loomis
    Reference Librarian

  • Yvonne

    Hi Lichen,

    Thank you for your kind words about Trustee Lord. She was a keeper! It’s great hearing from you and hope you and yours are all well!
    Yvonne Loomis
    Reference Librarian