Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Elaine McIlroy Earns National Honor

Now the rest of the United States has learned a secret Wellfleetians have known for years. The Wellfleet Public Library is graced with one of the best librarians alive! Congratulations are in order for Elaine McIlroy who has won a Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, and is one of only ten people to receive a $5000 cash prize today in New York City. In the 1970s, Elaine supervised raising money for a new building and moved the library from above town hall to its present location on West Main Street. She has always been in the forefront when it comes to improvements and implements these improvements with style: when computers with Internet access arrived half a dozen years ago, Wellfleet’s library named the machines Hope, Mercy, Harmony, Desire, Truth, Honesty and Patience. More recently, Elaine spearheaded a campaign to raise money for solar panels and marched in the Fourth of July parade to spread the word. What I find the most impressive about Elaine is that she manages to inspire her staff year after year to welcome library visitors by name and with a smile. She has turned our public library into not only a valuable resource but a pleasurable destination for thousands of visitors summer, winter, spring and fall. Bravo, Elaine!