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Leverett Library director moves to Amherst’s Jones Library

  • Linda Wentworth left her job at the Leverett Library last week to take a position at the Jones Library in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Linda Wentworth left her job at the Leverett Library last week to take a position at the Jones Library in Amherst.
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  • Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS

    Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Linda Wentworth left her job at the Leverett Library last week to take a position at the Jones Library in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Linda Wentworth, a librarian, stands at the front desk Thursday at the Leverett Public Library. She has resigned her post for a position at Jones Library in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS

LEVERETT — Last Thursday marked Linda Wentworth’s last day as director at Leverett’s public library.

Wentworth, who has been the library’s senior administrator and public outreach coordinator since 2003, began work Monday as head of collections at the Jones Library, where she previously served as both circulation assistant and reference librarian before taking the Leverett position in 2003.

In a statement posted on the library’s website, Wentworth thanked her staff and the library’s community of volunteers and trustees, as well as all of the library’s contributors. “It has been a great privilege to serve the community of Leverett. I am grateful to so many folks for their friendship and support,” she said.

After taking on a plethora of duties as the central managing figure at the small rural library, Wentworth will be focusing mainly on curating the large audio-visual collection at Jones and serving as a supporting member of the reference staff. “This has always been my favorite part of the job: figuring out what somebody wants and finding just the right resource for them to use,” said Wentworth.

She will be paid $44,645.

At Leverett, Wentworth often was involved in seeking public events and cultural opportunities for the library, such as the weekly “Music on the Patio,” small concerts featuring local artists held outdoors this past summer, and a recurring speaker series from local publishing authors.

“This really is a lovely place to have this kind of venue,” she said, “and there’s a lot of support for it from local residents. “It’s really an ideal situation for a library of this size.”

The Leverett Library trustees are seeking a new director for a full- to part-time position with variable seasonal hours. Applications can be found on the library’s website. Final recommendations will be tendered to the Leverett Select Board, which will make an official selection later this fall.

Wentworth received a fond farewell from many in town who had been closely involved in the growth of the library over the past decade. “Linda came to us six weeks after we had finished construction on the present location, in May of 2003, and she’s really made it what it is today,” said D’Ann Kelty, a longtime volunteer and member of the Friends of Leverett Library, which provides programming funds for free public events at the building. Kelty credits the space’s central position in the town’s cultural life as a result of Wentworth’s efforts. “She really worked hard to bring people in and provide activities for everyone,” said Kelty. “We’re going to miss her.”

Though Wentworth said she was looking forward to her new post in Amherst she will miss working in Leverett. “It really is a very special town.”

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