Portraits of Benefactors Now Grace the Walls of the Library

September 29, 2017


courtesy of Rodgers Memorial Library Trustees

An intimate crowd gathered at the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library on Saturday morning to celebrate the unveiling of two very important additions to the facility.

The trustees commissioned Jason Debow, a local artist, to paint portraits of Phil and Al Rodgers, the library’s benefactors.  Although the community lost Phil Rodgers a few years back, Al and his wife, Betty, and Marion Rodgers, Phil’s widow, along with many family members, were in attendance.  Several other dignitaries attended, including Selectman Dave Morin, the library’s liaison; and Elaine Brody, who worked tirelessly with Phil during the building of the library over eight years ago.

Trustee Robin Rodgers welcomed the guests in front of the reference desk for the unveiling.  Reverend David Howe spoke kind and loving words of prayer before Trustees Linda Kipnes, Kara Roy and Barbara Blue did the unveiling.  The portraits, an important addition to the facility, will now grace the library for evermore.

After the unveiling, the guests were treated with a flourish of pastries, hot coffee and wonderful background cello music by another local artist, David Cheng.

The new library has become a community center with activities for all ages and a treasured place to meet.