The Bristol Press – Plainville Public Library will dedicate the Youth Services Room to the memory of the late State Representative.
PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Public Library will dedicate its Youth Services Room to the memory of the late Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus on May 20 in recognition of her many years of dedication and service to the city.
The dedication will take place on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. New signage, commissioned by Plainville City Council and the Library Board, will be unveiled at the reception. The plaque will overlook the staircase descending into the Youth Services Room. Refreshments will be served.
Library director Trish Tomlinson said Boukus “faithfully served” Plainville and the state as a state representative from 1995 to 2016. She died in 2016.
“In her years in the state legislature, State Representative Boukus has accomplished many things that have benefited her beloved hometown of Plainville,” Tomlinson said. “Achievements that have impacted the lives of children and adolescents were particularly close to her heart. She was the recipient of the Connecticut Library Association’s Library Champion Award.”
Pat Fongemie, chair of the library’s board of trustees, said the Plainville Public Library voted “enthusiastically and unanimously” to honor Boukus in this “permanent and meaningful way” with the dedication.
“She was a strong advocate for literacy and education, and a dear friend to the library community here in Plainville and across the state,” Fongemie said.
Councilwoman Rosemary Morante, a longtime friend of Boukus, served on a committee created by the city council after Boukus’ death, which was tasked with determining how best to honor her legacy.
“We decided to dedicate the room for youth services,” she said. “It’s a beautiful way to honor Betty. She was so devoted to the children of Plainville, it’s such a fitting way to honor her in perpetuity.”
Boukus was also a primary school teacher in Plainville and a substitute teacher in Plainville and Farmington. Morante said she always participated in “Read Across America Day,” which was created on March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Those wishing to attend this event are requested to confirm their attendance no later than Monday 16 May. Those who wish are asked to include their name and the number of people planning to attend.
To RSVP, email [email protected] or call Trish Tomlinson at 860-793-0221, EXT. 7201.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]