Library trustee receives award
WILTON – Mary Ellen Brookes, who has been a trustee of the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library since 2001, was honored Wednesday, Nov. 16, by the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.
President Susan Gaudiello presented Brookes with the Lillian Edelman Trustee of the Year Award at ceremonies held in the library rotunda. The award is given to a trustee who exemplifies a strong interest in the library and its welfare, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Ron Brown, president of the Wilton Library Board of Trustees, and librarian Pat Fickett also offered glowing tributes.
The trustees’ letter of nomination notes that Brookes has been the board secretary for 12 years, and recently undertook research into procedural issues that need clarifying. She spends several hours each week supplementing the library staff, regularly attends conferences, and is open to new and better library management ideas.
"She is an island of calm in a sometimes hectic environment," the letter states. "Her wisdom is carefully handed out through stories of the past."
Brookes is a native of Waterville, Maine. She received a degree in English from St. Joseph College in Standish, Maine, and her master’s degree in French from what is now Betty Ashbury Jones ’86 School of French at Middlebury College. She taught at high schools in Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire, retiring after many years at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School.
She married Spencer Brookes in 1966. They have two children and three grandchildren.