Whiting Library dedicates Reading Room
to long-time trustee

Holding the plaque are, from left, Kathy Pellett,  Library Director Deirdre Dorn and Heather Chase.

Whiting Library has formally dedicated the front Reading Room in memory of the late Suzy Forlie of Chester.

Forlie was a long-time trustee of Whiting Library and was the driving force behind the 2014 restoration of this significant landmark building. Her devotion to the library and extensive knowledge of historic buildings led to Whiting Library being awarded a grant from the USDA Rural Development for this project.

Forlie was also instrumental in planting the beautiful gardens at the library as well as spending countless hours over many years working on their upkeep.

Click on the image to read the plaque.

Forlie also was a founding member of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee and the Chester Beautification Committee, now known as Chester Townscape.

Making up the Suzy Forlie Memorial Committee are Kathy Pellett, Heather Chase, library Trustees David Lord and Cathy Hasbrouck, Rachel Root and Nancy Chute.

A public dedication of the reading room and a reception will be held in 2022 when it becomes safe to hold indoor gatherings.

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  1. Larry Carbonetti says:

    This is a wonderful tribute. It may interest some to know that Chester artist (and my wife) Jeanne Carbonetti was asked by the dedication committee to provide a display of paintings for this room in honor of Susie Forlie. They are currently on display and some can be partially seen in the photos. The artist has stated that 50% of any sales of these paintings will be contributed to the Whiting Library.

  2. Leigh Dakin says:

    Wow, so glad to learn about this!
    Suzy was such a special person- so involved and committed to this ancestral home of her family. You are missed and We Thank You to your dedication to all of us.

  3. Brian Mosher says:

    A wonderful tribute to Suzy who showed her love of Chester in all her work for the community.

  4. John Holme says:

    Suzy gave so much to the community. I am very happy to see her recognized in this way.

    She also served on the board of Chester Academy, which awards scholarships to Chester students annually.