Farewell to the community in Wilton: A message from Elaine Tai-Lauria, retired executive director of the Wilton Library

The following letter was submitted to Hearst Connecticut Media, prior to Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria’s retirement on Monday, Jan. 31.

Letter to the Editor:

Ten years ago, I was entrusted with the stewardship of Wilton Library Association and it has been my privilege to serve as Executive Director of this wonderful organization. As I reflect on my tenure, I believe the single most important benefit of the job was the opportunity to meet so many incredible individuals. I am truly grateful for all of the meaningful friendships and partnerships formed over the years, because it is this powerful and heart-warming sense of community that has made my experience and time at the library so very gratifying.

Wilton is indeed a unique and special place, so it is with much fondness and appreciation that I thank the entire community for its unwavering support and generosity. Many thanks to all of our loyal patrons, volunteers, sponsors, community partners, and the Town officials and departments that I have worked with over the years. Thank you also to the outstanding Boards of Trustees, current and former colleagues on the library staff, and friends for your steadfast commitment and dedication to fulfilling our mission - to inform, enrich, connect, and inspire our community. I truly believe Wilton Library’s next chapter will be vibrant, invigorating, and a successful one, so I look forward to enjoying this remarkable institution as a library patron.

I wish all of you a future full of health, hope, and much happiness. Thank you.

With warmest regards,

Elaine Tai-Lauria