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New Director for Framingham Public Library

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 9:34 pm on February 5, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Public Library staff welcomed new director Mark Contois with a meet and greet reception in the main library staff room on his first day, January 30th.

Contois succeeds Tom Gilchrist, who worked as assistant, and then director for twenty years. Contois served as director of Palmer Public Library for the past ten years. Under his leadership, Palmer has been recognized as a leader in library services, programs, technology, fiscal support and building construction.

Prior to being at the helm in Palmer, Contois was assistant director of the West Springfield Public Library for four years. He served as the Vice President of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, President of the Palmer Downtown Partnership, and has served on the Board of Directors of Quaboag Valley Chamber of Commerce, Palmer Rotary Club, Literacy Volunteers of Quaboag Valley, and other organizations.

Contois is married with three children, two of whom are now attending college. He received his graduate degree from Simmons College of Library and Information Science in 1989.

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Going, going...

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 3:18 pm on September 30, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Selectmen hosted a farewell reception for Town Historian Steve Herring on Tues., Sept. 27th, 2005 in the Memorial Building. Herring is moving to Florida near the end of October and leaves a legacy of two books and much research and guidance about the town's history.

Tom Gilchrist, Director of the Framingham Libraries, is also leaving. He notified his staff that he will be leaving in January to pursue new horizons.

The search is on for a replacement for Dr. Helen Heineman, first woman president of Framingham State College, who will also leave in January.

And for those who have been looking for Hammett's, the store for teacher's supplies, it is going into the Cloverleaf Mall, next to Michaels.

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McAuliffe Library Question and Answer Session Canceled

Filed under: Public Meetings by Deb Cleveland at 5:31 pm on March 8, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Board of Library Trustees question and answer session on the new branch library project that was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 (today) in the Public Hearing Room of the Memorial Building has been canceled due to bad weather.

The Trustees apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation and all Town Meeting members will be contacted if the session is rescheduled before the March 15 Special Town Meeting.

If you have any questions about the branch project, please feel free to contact Tom Gilchrist by phone or email. E-mail: tgilchrist@minlib.net Phone: (508) 879-3570 ext. 301

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