Ann Banks, Librarian
My name is Ann Banks and I’ve been the Fishers Island Librarian since 1976. When I started the library looked very different and my job was very different also. I began assisting patrons in finding books and then checking the books out. By 1986, when the book ordering became part of my job, I had a good idea who and what people wanted to read. Being a native islander, I had known many patrons for decades and knew their likes and dislikes. Growing up here, graduating in the first class from the present day school in 1973, and getting a social work degree from Mitchell College in New London, all prepared me for understanding that this building is more than just a library. It is a place to socialize, vent your bad days or just have a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate before finding a good book, getting your email or doing some online research.
I most enjoy seeing the children getting excited about books or being awestruck by a great performer at an event. I never tire of hearing that the library was someone’s first stop off the ferry or that this is their favorite library!
I don’t plan to retire. I’ll just collapse at my desk.
Amy Harris, Program Director
My name is Amy Harris (Norton) and I’ve been employed by the Fishers Island Library as Program Director since November of 2014. Married with nine year old twins and three adult step-kids, I have deep family ties to Fishers Island. This July 2018 will be five years that my family and I have lived here year-round.
We enjoy the quiet beauty and safety that is distinctly Fishers.