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New director excited about next chapter for library

Union Leader Correspondent

November 03. 2013 11:11PM
New Plaistow Public Library Director Cab Vinton previously worked in Sanbornton. (Adam Swift)

PLAISTOW — Coming from a smaller, rural library system in Sanbornton, Plaistow Public Library Director Cab Vinton is excited about the resources he has available at his new position.

Vinton came on board as the library's new director in the middle of September. He said there were a number of personal and professional reasons why he decided to take the position.

"Plaistow is about 2½-times the size of Sanbornton," said Vinton. "That's a bit more scope to put into practice some of the ideas I've had percolating."

For Vinton, the Plaistow position comes after a career working at a number of college and public libraries, including stints in the University of Maryland system and at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Serving as the library director puts Vinton at the center of an institution that does a lot more than just loan books.

"Libraries are really community anchors," said Vinton. "Communities trust their libraries. Being part of a social institution that is so well liked is a good feeling."

Vinton said a library is a place where people can gather for recreation, for information and to connect with other people.

"Libraries are special places," he said.

Vinton said the plans he has had percolating for improvements at the library mainly fall on the programming side.

With more staff than he had available in Sanbornton, Vinton said he'd like to see more classes, speakers and a focus on local history at the library.

Keeping up with rapidly changing technology is also an important goal.

"Technology is moving very fast and everyone has a hard time trying to keep up, and the library is not exempt from that," said Vinton.

By focusing on technology, he said, libraries can help people further their careers and stay in touch with one another.

Vinton said he has had a good reaction from staff and patrons since starting at the library.

"It's been pretty busy with the budget season getting under way, and there is a lot going on," said Vinton. "When I can, I do get out of the office and say hi to folks," said Vinton. "They've been great. My colleagues, the patrons and town officials have all been very welcoming."

When he is not working, Vinton said he enjoys spending time with his family and reading.

"I like nonfiction and I tend to read a lot of travel stories," Vinton said. "There's still a lot of teenager in me."

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