Ames Free Library

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Mary Silva Wins MLA Paralibrarian Section Award

Mary Silva, Circulation Supervisor at the Ames Free Library of Easton will share the Massachusetts 2021 Paralibrarian Section Outstanding Library Support Staff of the Year Award with Leah Selleck of the Southborough Public Library.

The award is given annually to the paralibrarian “who has made the most significant contribution to the library community through his or her excellence in service, positive attitude, and pride in library work.”

Silva will receive an engraved plaque that was displayed during a May 18 award ceremony, hosted via Zoom by the Massachusetts Library Association. “All of the nominees were accomplished and notable paralibrarians,” said Awards Chair, Patty Bailey. However, Mary’s formidable range of professional skills, proactive attitude and commitment to the larger Easton community led to her selection as a winner.

In nominating Mary for the award, Library Director Uma Hiremath, stated: “True professionalism hinges very largely on achieving personal excellence for its own sake, without an eye to an external reward structure. Mary works to excel beyond her own personal goals, every day of every year. Her can-do attitude gives strength to those around her.”

Mary has an MBA from Bentley University and worked in insurance for more than 25 years, prior to joining the Ames Free Library family. Starting as a volunteer, she rapidly advanced to full employment in 2013 and was promoted to Circulation Supervisor at the start of 2020.