Trustees Award 2007

TRUSTEES OF FORBES LIBRARY HONOR DIANA MARTIN GORDON

Russell Carrier, President of the Board of Trustees, presents the Trustees' Award to Diana Gordon. (May 20, 2007)

On May 20, 2007, the Trustees of Forbes Library bestowed their highest honor on writer and library supporter, Diana Martin Gordon. The Ceremony took place on Sunday, May 20th, at 2:00PM in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Museum at Forbes Library.

Each year the Trustees of Forbes Library present their Trustees Award to a member of the community who has made significant contributions to the library by donating his or her time, expertise, and creativity.

This year’s Trustees Award recipient is Diana Martin Gordon who has volunteered her time and expertise to the library for over four years. She approached the library at a time when very few programs were being offered for adults. Through her creativity and hard work, a roster of literary programs including a poetry discussion group, writing workshops, and a poetry reading series were born. These programs provided the framework and impetus for the rich adult programming the library currently offers.

Diana was our first Writer-in-Residence and continues to advise and contribute in many ways. As Writer-in-Residence, she volunteered her time generously as a professional writer by offering programs, advice on collection development, and acted as a liaison for the writing community at large. Our poetry reading series is a wonderful example of the invaluable assistance that Diana provides. She has developed the submission criteria and chairs the selection committee annually. Each year the series has grown in popularity and notoriety and regularly brings in some of the library’s highest attendance for programs.

Diana has used her leadership skills and her depth of knowledge of the local literary community in all of her work at the library. She truly understands and supports the mission of the library as a community center and a place to inspire personal exploration and growth. Diana has a way of welcoming and engaging program participants regardless of their educational or writing background. Diana is well known in the community and is accomplished in her craft.