Rhode Island Library Association Recognizes Narragansett Library Board Chair Laurie Kelly with Trustee of the Year Award

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) has voted to recognize Laurie Kelly, Chair of the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library Board of Directors, as the 2019 winner of the Association’s Trustee of the Year Award.

“In over 59 years of volunteering, I have never met anyone who works so hard or is as dedicated as Laurie Kelly,” said Gail Shields, member of the Narragansett library Board of Trustees. “We are incredibly proud to see Laurie win this great honor for all of her work to improve our town’s public library and her steadfast advocacy on behalf of a modern new home for our library in the Belmont building, which was approved by 68% of Narragansett voters”

“Even in the face of unconscionable votes by our Town Council to slash our public library’s budget by 50% and to sell the very property meant to be the library’s new home, Laurie has been a champion of the learning and reading resources Narragansett residents deserve,” said Mary Ann Grintchenko, President of the Friends of Narragansett Library. “Laurie has truly earned this honor of Trustee of the Year, and we know she will continue to lead our town’s amazing public library even in the face of short term political setbacks.”

Laurie Kelly will be formally presented the Trustee of the Year Award at the RILA Annual Conference on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:15am at the Bryant University Library.