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Long Lake Public Library hires first trained librarian

AGATHA, Maine — Long Lake Public Library’s board of directors approved the hiring of Deborah Lavoie as the facility’s first librarian. Lavoie, who lives in Frenchville and has been the Madawaska School Department’s librarian for the past six years, started July 5 at the public library.

Deborah Lavoie (Contributed)

“For me, being a school librarian is interesting. I love working with the students,” said Lavoe, who will continue as the school’s librarian. “Being at the public library will be a whole new crowd. Now I get to work with people from babies through adults. I am really excited about that.”

For 10 years, since it has opened, the library has been without a trained librarian. Sisters Jackie and June Ayotte, both retired nuns, have collaborated to manage the collection and the day to day operations of the library.

Jackie Ayotte, the library’s longtime volunteer director, said she will continue in that role, while also focusing more on the library’s genealogy collections. Her sister also will continue to volunteer.

Ayotte said the forward looking move by the directors to hire a part-time librarian speaks to the community support the library has received in the past decade.

Lavoie earned her master’s degree in library and information science through the University of South Carolina. She intends to work at the schools in the mornings and be at the Long Lake library in the afternoons, Monday through Friday. The public library is open 11 a.m. –  2 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 .m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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