HONORS, AWARDS, AND RECOGNITION
New Hampshire Register of Historic Places Designation & Moose Plate Grant Recipient
The Tucker Free Library opened its doors for operation on September 22, 1904. A fixture in this community for over one hundred years, the library was recently recognized as a location on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.
A recipient of Moose Plate Grants FY 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 enabled us to restore and preserve the stained glass transom on the Main Floor as well as the large triptych and sidelights on the "front porch."
Library administration was charged with completed detailed reports to NH Division of Cultural Resources to determine if the Tucker Free Library was an historically significant building worthy of these honors. Now that our building has been named to the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places, we are eligible for variances and funding to maintain the building in perpetuity. As a result of this extensive study, our director has been working on a comprehensive history of the Tucker Free Library.
Patti N. Osgood Named Trustee of the Year
In 2013 the trustees of the Tucker Free Library nominated Patti Osgood for the honor of New Hampshire Trustees Association Lillian Edelmann Trustee of the Year. Complete with subterfuge and duplicity, her nominators surprised her with the announcement at an "emergency" board meeting. Patti received her award at a reception at the Tucker Free Library on December 9, 2013. The program included a proclamation by Town Administrator Tom Yennerell, comments by long time trustee Christine Putnam Anderson, and the presentation of the award by Adele Knight and Connie Kirwin of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.
Library Stories & Pictures
FACILITY REVITALIZATION PROJECTS
Ann S. Soderstrom Revitalization Project -- 2013
In 2008, long time Henniker resident and library supporter, Ann S. Soderstrom left the Tucker Free Library money in her will. A portion of the money was used in 2013 to create the Ann S. Soderstrom Media Center and Reading Area within the Hollis Room of the Main Floor. Carpeting was replaced throughout the entire building and the hardwood and terrazzo flooring was expertly cleaned and polished. A dedication ceremony was held on June 26, 2013. June 24th would have marked Ann's 82 birthday. The event was attended by many friends of the library and included speeches by Patti N. Osgood, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Lynn M. Piotrowicz, Director of the Tucker Free Library and Project Manager.