Board of Trustees

Meet Our Library Board (2018-2019)

Helen Prescott enjoyed teaching secondary mathematics in Montreal and in Connecticut for many years after earning a BA in Russian from Bryn Mawr and an MALS from Wesleyan specializing in Math. She and Blake, her husband for nearly sixty years (July 2016), and a retired physician, moved to Newfane in 2001. In the course of these years, we welcomed four daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandsons, all of whom we treasure. Two special favorites in her list of passions are skiing and gardening, and she has always been an avid reader.

Bobbe Nemes Ragouzeos, President, resides in Newfane, with her husband, artist Leonard Ragouzeos since 2004. She has a BS in developmental psychology from Hunter College, an MSW in clinical therapy from the University of Iowa and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from Millersville University of PA. She has worked as a therapist with children, adolescents and families, was a college professor and worked in international adoption. She and Leonard are the parents of two adult children and their spouses, and are proud grandparents of four grandchildren!

Steve Squires, Recording Secretary, has lived in Newfane since 1999, successfully transitioning from a long career in software development to a new life somewhere between retired and homesteading. Visible roles in the community include singing in a church choir and local choral groups, working or speaking as a UVM Extension Master Gardener volunteer, and as a working member at the Brattleboro Food Coop. Steve has served several terms on his church board, holding positions including treasurer and board president. He joined the library board in 2012. Steve is happily married to Kathy Squires, whose volunteer activities eclipse his by a wide margin.

Marie Tattersall, Treasurer, ~ [forthcoming]

David Parker, [forthcoming]

Deborah Luskin [forthcoming]

James Urbaska [forthcoming]

Fiona Chevalier [forthcoming]

Strategic Plan for Moore Free Library

May 2014- May 2019

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Moore Free Library and Crowell Gallery is to collect, preserve, and deliver in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner, library materials in print and electronic formats to the informational and life long learning needs of the members of the community. In addition, we seek to provide cultural and environmental enrichment through the appreciation of art and the natural world.

PERSONNEL – Continue to utilize skills and talents of professional librarian and community volunteers.

– The Board of Trustees, or their representatives, will annually review the librarian’s goals and plans for the upcoming year, and evaluate the previous year’s strengths and areas needing growth.

– The Board of Trustees will review having length of terms for its’ members and officers.

GALLERY – Re-evaluate the percentage we receive from sales

  • Heighten awareness of gallery space and shows throughout the larger artist and collector community, and New England
  • Continue to show high quality work in a variety of mediums
  • Use gallery space for community events
  • Maintain art holdings in our collection, and consider additions as they are presented

TECHNOLOGY – Enhanced technology means library utilization no longer requires patrons to be present in the library building.

-Purchase and maintain hardware and software, so that patrons of all ages will feel comfortable using computers and new technology.

-Explore and implement the publishing of a twice-monthly online newsletter to our patrons.

FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT – Review ownership and proposed plans for property given to us on West Street.

  • Make pertinent decisions about land ownership and usage that will best serve the library community for the next 50 years.
  • Make an annual list of priorities for the weatherization, maintenance and updating of the library building.

 PROGRAMS -Explore the need for programs and workshops relating to community need and interests.

-Continue with book group for adults, and explore book clubs for youth.