The Easton Public Library Board of Trustees has chosen Dolly Curtis as this year’s recipient of its Anne Lindquist Library Spirit Award. The award recognizes a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the Library. Past winners include former Board Treasurer and Friends of the Library member Gail Gay, former Board member and Friends’ President Gina Orticelli, longtime Friends’ Treasurer Patricia Soltisiak, and former Friends’ President Joelle Johnston.
For many years, Dolly has curated art exhibits for the Library’s Conference Room and Display Case. She has been a longtime member of the Easton Arts Council and is well connected in the local art world. She also has a radio show on WPKN 89.5 FM Public Radio and serves as a theater critic. The Conference Room houses the Library’s collection of Dolly’s interviews with local celebrities and community members. In recent months, Dolly has been conducting interviews for the Library’s Oral History Project, with Sheila Weaver providing technology support.
“I was very surprised and honored especially because Anne Lindquist was my friend,” said Curtis. “She represented a true Easton community spirit. Anne was a role model and to be associated with her name is a real honor. I am very pleased. Thank you to all who made this happen.”
“Dolly has been a Library supporter and advocate for many years,” said Lynn Zaffino, Library Director. “She has been an integral part of the Library’s art exhibits.”
Easton Arts Council member Sheila Weaver congratulated Curtis “for this well-deserved 2021 Anne Lindquist Library Spirit Award. Through all of these past decades you have worked tirelessly to curate and bring such amazing exhibits to the library. Like Anne, you show your love of this community.
“Through your connections to our surrounding communities you have brought such a variant collection of artists through the doors of our Easton Public Library. You have introduced so many artists by providing an avenue to display their talents and encouraged their creative spirits. Through the spirit of your personality you exhibit the true meaning of this award. I congratulate and celebrate you!”
The Library Board usually holds a reception in April for the award recipient. However, due to COVID-19, they are holding off until the summer, in the hope that they will be able to hold an in-person event this year, even if it has to be done outside.