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Monday, October 26, 2015

Thank You for Help on Rushdie Talk

To the Editor:

The 13th Malloy Lecture in the Arts featuring internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie was an enormous success, bringing nearly 1,000 people together at Staples High School on Oct. 22 for an enlightening and entertaining evening with one of the greatest writers of our time.

As president of the Westport Library’s Board of Trustees, I am overwhelmed by the exemplary collaborative effort that made this special program possible.

I, along with the rest of the board, extend a huge thank you to school officials and town leaders, local and regional police and fire departments and Staples High School staff and students for diverting business as usual to accommodate the event.

We’ve heard many comments about the seamless efficiency of the program—from the time the doors opened to the expert traffic control at the end of the evening.

In addition, the event provided a special opportunity for a group of high school English students to hear personally from Mr. Rushdie, demonstrating the potential for libraries to connect people for unique learning experiences.

Specifically, we extend sincere thanks to:

The late Susan Malloy
Salman Rushdie and his publisher, Random House
Police Chief Dale Call and his team
Fire Marshall Edward Zygmant and his team
Jim Marpe, First Selectman
Elliot Landon, School Superintendent
Lisa Marriott, Dr. Landon’s office
Horace Lewis and his staff at Staples High School
Julie Heller, Staples English Department Chair
Kim Herzog, English Department
The SHS AP English Students
Colin Neenan and Tamara Weinberg, Staples Library Media Specialists
Francis Fiore and Braden Smith, lighting
Mike Phillis, Performance Audio
Tricia Tierney, Barnes & Noble
Colin Bloom, Terrain
Jen Albuck, Soda Man

Joe Pucci
President, Westport Library Board of Trustees


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