Reception honors Westborough Public Library’s Amyot

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Reception honors Westborough Public Library’s Amyot
Maureen Amyot was honored for her 14 years as director of the Westborough Public Library with a reception on Wednesday, June 26. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – Maureen Amyot capped a 14-year odyssey as director of the Westborough Public Library with a little cake and a lot of friends.

Dozens of residents, including town officials, stopped by the library on Wednesday, June 26, to wish Amyot well.

Her last day will be Friday, July 5. Her first day at her new job – director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners – will be Monday, July 8.

“It’s great for her, but a big loss for us,” said Mary Johnston, chair of the Library Board of Trustees.

“She’s an amazing human being on so many levels,” said Jen McGrath, the library’s teen librarian, of Amyot. “She’s been a role model, and the biggest supporter of teens.”

On Monday, June 24, the trustees named Kate-Lynn Corracio, the current director at Wilmington’s public library, to succeed Amyot. 

“Kate will do a fantastic job,” said Amyot.

The appointment is subject to contract negotiations.

Amyot, who lives in Westborough, will stay on the Library Building Committee, and is “sure” she will continue as Mrs. Claus.

Repair project update

The Library Building Committee has been meeting to determine building access and temporary space while the library undergoes repairs, schematic design and more.

The design development and construction documents phase will continue through early 2025; the goal is to present the project at Annual Town Meeting.

Should the project’s budget be approved, construction would begin in 2025 with completion in 2026.

The project will include restoring the windows; replacing the roof; replacing heating, ventilation and air conditioning parts; replacing the lower floor carpet; adding restrooms; relocating the teen room; restoring the adult meeting rooms; and expanding local history storage.

The total cost – including the creation of bid documents, possible leasing of space and construction itself – would be around $16 million.

For details about the project, visit https://www.westboroughlibrary.org/about/repair-project/

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