Board Members

Roger Gingrich, President

Roger has lived in Barrington for eight years. His hobbies include reading mainly biographies, history, historical novels, woodworking, and gardening / landscaping. Before COVID-19, Roger spent his Friday nights dining out with his wife Patty, often in Portsmouth. Currently, they spend a quiet evening at home, most often with a glass of nice wine and a home cooked meal, followed by a good movie or reading.

In my view Barrington needs a new public library and ideally an adequate public meeting room. The acquisition of information for intellectual growth and vitality is an essential part of human growth from youth to old age. A user-friendly, attractive public library where the people of the community of all ages can also connect with shared interests creates an endearing environment with memories and values that last a lifetime. This vision of what could be in Barrington is what inspires me to be part of the Foundation.

Rebecca Butcher, Vice President

Rebecca has lived in Barrington for 26 years. She enjoys playing in and exploring the outdoors that New England offers — skiing, hiking, biking and sailing, cooking and baking for friends and family, and traveling and learning about the people and history of other cultures. On a typical Friday night, you’ll find Rebecca relaxing with family over a glass of wine and easy dinner or take out, talking about the week and upcoming weekend plans, and watching a movie or playing cribbage.

For me, libraries have always been a magical place and an essential way to see beyond our immediate setting and spark imagination for what’s possible. Growing up in a small town in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the library connected me to the entire world — learning about places I wanted to someday visit, about people and historical events that inspired me to think about what I could do “when I grew up”.  Our small library was one of the prettiest buildings in town and when I walked inside, it had a timeless aura to it.

I felt a connection back to my town’s history and the generations of farmers, town and church leaders, railroad and small business owners that had built my community. It was clear they valued public access to knowledge, special collections to spark kids’ imaginations, and record-keeping that would allow later generations to learn from their experiences settling in northern Vermont. My family didn’t have a lot of money, so going to the library was like Christmas to my sisters and me in being allowed to borrow countless books to escape from cold dark winters, hide under the covers with flashlights to finish, or take on long car rides to visit family.  For my own children, the Barrington Public Library offered many of these same delights. Programs to help get us out of the house, bags of books and audio CDs to get us to Ohio or Cape Cod, and most recently, e-reader books our son would access from his small stone house in the mountains of Lesotho when, absent electricity or running water, there was wifi to still feel that connection to home. 

All of these things inspire my work to support a new library and Community Center in Barrington.  How else will we preserve the magic, inspiration, and connection to our past for the next generation of children growing up in this town? If you don’t think libraries are important anymore, ask yourself how you found inspiration as a child, how you escaped into other worlds of mystery, adventure and intrigue when your immediate world was maybe not so good, or how we as adults feel connected to the past and the future and collectively hold together as people who value this town we share despite not always agreeing on everything.  Places that foster imagination, conversation and community are the bedrock for our American life — we have to protect them.

Kristyne Pavlik, Treasurer

Kris has lived in Barrington for 4.5 years. She enjoys reading (of course!), volunteering, and cooking. On a typical Friday night you would find Kris enjoying a delicious dinner and movie in the comfort of her home, before, during, and after COVID-19. 

I joined [the Barrington Library Foundation] because I was new to town and wanted to meet my neighbors.  Now, I stay involved because I believe this town needs and deserves a new library.

Leigh Elliott

Barrington Library Trustee, President

Leigh has been a resident of Barrington since 2009. She has served on the Barrington Library Board of Trustees since 2014 and has been active with the Barrington Library Foundation since its inception. She believes that a library is the beating heart of a town and is a strong supporter of a new library and community space for Barrington. Leigh enjoys knitting, bread baking, and spending time with her family and rescue dog, Sophie. On a typical Friday night, she enjoys making a special cocktail, ordering pizza, and relaxing with her husband and daughter. 

The library has always been a place I could find a connection at either as a kid riding my bike to check out my own books, having a quiet place to study in high school and college, a place to research when looking for a job and then as a central place to meet other moms and kids when my daughter was young. The library is a place for life-long learning and holds a very special place in my heart as well as the town. I want to continue to work to help make a new library a reality for Barrington.

Marie Harris

Member, Emeritus

Marie has lived in Barrington for 44 years. She has just one hobby these days and that’s birding and all that goes with it, from backyard spotting and contributing to state tallies, to field trips and reading fascinating memoirs and field guides by professional birders and ornithologists. A typical Friday night used to involve dinner out, a movie or play or music event. Nowadays Marie and her husband, Charter Weeks, concoct special dinners, do lots of Zooming with family and friends, and watch movies.

I’ve been advocating for a new Library since before the “turn of the century!” I see the Foundation as one more way to help make it a reality. This public/private partnership is unprecedented and I’m proud to be part of this dynamic team.

Melissa Huette

Barrington Library, Director

Melissa has worked in Barrington for almost 3 years. She enjoys knitting, sewing/quilting, and cooking. On a typical Friday night she gets outvoted on the evening’s activities. Her 3-year old twins run the show – movie and popcorn or books or crafts or cooking. Sometimes all of the above!

I see myself more as an honorary Foundation member as the Director of the BPL! It’s amazing and humbling to witness the creativity, dedication and excitement the Foundation and other members have for wanting to help make our library a better place.

Michelle Lemos (She/Her/Hers)

Maureen Sawicki

Ginna Schonwald, Secretary

Ginna has lived in Barrington for 35 years and was the children’s/youth librarian at the Barrington Public Library for several years (moving on to become a school librarian at Deerfield Community School for 14 years). Ginna’s hobbies include gardening, kayaking and hiking (as well as reading). Her Friday nights tend to be spent relaxing at home, though she loves going out to see a band when there is live music available and can still be home by 10 :-).

The library is a wonderful resource to our community – it provides a wonderful place for people to connect to each other, learn from each other and build a stronger community. All this in addition to providing an almost boundless wealth of information and reading material. A new library is a great investment for our community! Look at all the library has done with the resources they have now.

Karen Towne

Barrington Library Trustee, Vice President

Karen has lived in Barrington for eight years. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and hiking. On a typical Friday night you’d find her dining with friends, watching a movie, or FaceTiming with grandchildren. 

I am excited to be part of an effort to build a state-of-the-art library in Barrington. Library staff have connected my family to the arts, books, crafts, and community.