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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018


ORLEANS — Parents and others who frequent the Jones Memorial Library here are asking that longtime librarian Joanne Pariseau be reinstated. Ms. Pariseau was fired in late December, after 19 years at the library.

The decision apparently came at the hands of the library’s board of trustees, which created some initial confusion.

The library doesn’t actually have a board of trustees, Orleans Village Administrator John Morley said by phone last week. Informed that the library’s website listed three trustees, he said he was unaware the trio referred to themselves as trustees. He said the three people are actually a committee the village trustees appointed to help with management of the library. The village owns the Jones Memorial.

“The actual trustees, in my opinion, for the library would be the village trustees,” Mr. Morley said.

The following day the website was changed to say committee rather than trustees. Deb Smith, a member of that committee, has been appointed interim librarian.

Erica Butterfield, president of Friends of the Jones Memorial Library until about a week ago, said Monday that Ms. Pariseau’s termination took her very much by surprise.

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