July 1, 2014
Jay Rancourt, beloved librarian of the Cook Library in Tamworth, New Hampshire has announced her retirement, effective March 31, 2015. Jay has worked at the Cook Library for nearly 19 years, beginning as the Children’s Librarian in the fall of 1996 and becoming Library Director in 1999. Jay has overseen two renovations to the library: the addition of the Alt Children’s Wing in 2001 and modernization of the existing building, and the renovation of the ground floor into usable space including the multi-purpose meeting room, the Ulitz Center and two bathrooms in 2005. Jay has always tried to be on the cutting edge of technological change. The Cook Memorial Library was one of the first libraries in New Hampshire to have wireless access, to sign up for Overdrive for downloadable audios and ebooks, and to provide Netflix movies to patrons. It was named Library of the Year for the State of New Hampshire in 2003-2004. In 2013, Jay implemented KOHA, an open source automation system and in general, has succeeded in creating a library that is one of the best in the state. Her foresight and willingness to look towards the future have resulted in a warm, well-stocked, and informative place to read, gather information, and to check out books, DVDs, magazines, and other material. Jay has been pondering retirement since October, 2013, and is looking forward to the next phase of her life: “a happy creative, active retirement, with time for grandkids, adventures, art work, reading and puttering in my gardens.”
As the Search Committee and the Cook Memorial Library Board of Trustees begin to look for a new librarian, we will strive to hire someone with as much enthusiasm for and love of libraries as Jay Rancourt. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Jay for her many years of service, and wish her good luck and happy trails in her retirement.

Sincerely, Anne Chant, Chairman, Cook Memorial Library Board of Trustees

PDF of Jay’s retirement announcement

A Search Committee has been formed to find a replacement, and has had their first meeting.
Search Committee June 26 Minutes
Any questions, contact Chris Clyne, staff member or Anne Chant, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Jay is retiring in Winter of 2015