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Parents, children rally for popular librarian
Dozens of supporters stood outside the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping Friday to rally around Tracie Wilkins, a children's librarian who was fired last week. Jason Schreiber (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)
Tracie Wilkins, known to most kids as "Miss Tracie," was let go from her part-time position at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library on July 16, but the reasons for the firing haven't been made public.
Parents who know Wilkins said they were told she was fired because she had missed too many days of work, but that didn't stop them from showing their support for a librarian they say has made a difference in the lives of many Epping children.
An online petition calling for Wilkins' reinstatement has been launched as well at www.change.org. The petition had 250 signatures by Friday afternoon.
Wilkins was not available for comment Friday.
"We don't expect any impact on our programs long term," Vose said.
Bade's daughters have participated in the summer reading program, story time and other events at the library.
"It's really a travesty for the town," she said.Bade's daughters Alexa, 10, and Sophie, 8, said they always enjoyed story time with Wilkins and other activities at the library.
Her daughter Mackenzie, 10, said she liked participating in the "Story Explorers" program after school, playing games and making crafts related to the books that were read at the library.
Mackenzie's twin sisters, 7-year-old Malaney and Maelie, also liked the cooking classes at the library where they made pancakes, pretzels and popsicles.
While he wouldn't discuss the circumstances surrounding the firing because he said it was a personnel matter, Vose said he was pleased to see so many people coming out to support the library.
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