Skidompha Library is extraordinarily thankful for our more than 100 volunteers who contribute over 10,000 hours each year! Thank you to those already involved, we could not do what we do without you!
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, contact us or stop by for more information.
Pam Gormley, Executive Director
Born and raised in the Bronx and a proud Yankees fan, Pam came to Maine with her family, Mal, Katie, and Quinn in 1994. Before making the move to the best place on earth, Pam worked for Reader’s Digest for 23 years. “Being Director of Skidompha is the best job ever!,” says Pam. “I work with the smartest, most competent, and creative people ever and am thrilled to be part of the national award winning team at Skidompha!”
Torie DeLisle, Director of Development and Communications
Torie’s mission is to extend Skidompha’s reach beyond the four walls of the library, and most days she can be found catching up with local business owners, planning new programs and happenings, and keeping an ear to the ground to understand the needs of the community. Torie comes to Skidompha from the world of digital technology and theater, with a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, and a background in lobster-fishing on Swans Island, her childhood home.
Back in Ohio, many years ago, Terry was often found waiting impatiently for the library doors to open. When she was offered a part-time job there after school, she loved it so much it became a career that lasted over 30 years. Then one crazy vacation day she and her husband took a different route on the way to the Erie Zoo – and ended up in Maine. To live here on a more permanent basis, she retired. Or so she thought. A volunteer stint turned into employment and she’s now pleased to be helping to continue the development of an awesome library full of wonderful people. Terry is also a frequent contributor to Owl Radio podcasts.
If variety is the spice of life then Yvonne’s background is as interesting as many of our best novels. Born in Denver and living in many large cities throughout the U.S., she and her husband retired to rural Jefferson and, with their treasured Westies, have adapted thoroughly. She had a variety of occupations from cutting hair in Hollywood, to working as an investigator for the Attorney General’s Office in Boston. Since retiring, she took up the hobby of quilting and has won several state awards. Yvonne started as a volunteer and joined our staff in 2009 Skidompha. She thanks the library for making many great friendships.
Convinced that Damariscotta is the center of the universe, Adult Services Librarian Denise Rankin came to Maine after a career as a writer in Maryland and Massachusetts. She is passionate about mysteries, literary fiction, and art books, and chooses mysteries, audiobooks, and films for the library. She is also a painter and a maker of Shaker oval boxes and trays. Denise was educated at Rice University in Houston and Arizona State in Tempe, AZ. She and her partner Joe are forever working on an old house in Newcastle.
Jessie joined the library as a volunteer in 2014 and joined the staff a year later. Jessie has a background in the biological sciences but has found her true love working at Skidompha. She reads a bit of everything, but really enjoys non-fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Jessie chooses the non-fiction, audiobooks, and science fiction for Skidompha. Jessie moved to Newcastle in 2012 with her wife, Anna, and they enjoy birding, homesteading, walking in the woods, reading, playing cribbage, and chasing after their young kids.
Rachel has been working in the adult section of the library since 2007 after 40 years of teaching. She is responsible for interlibrary loans, large print, and those dreaded overdue and bill notices. Rachel created a “Traveling Books” program to deliver library materials to our homebound patrons. Rachel lives in Newcastle with her husband, Jay. She is a docent at the Farnsworth Museum, programs music for the Music and Memory Program at Coves Edge where she volunteers each week. She and Jay enjoy traveling, being with their 8 grandchildren, gardening, and especially reading. And, she loves chatting with people about their reading!
Kathy’s love affair with libraries goes back to childhood in Syracuse, New York when she would bike to the neighborhood library weekly to check out the maximum ration of books allowed, usually mysteries and biographies. Coming to Lincoln County in 1988 she was thrilled to discover Skidompha, a library with the same warmth and welcome. Over the years, she’s enjoyed volunteering and later working on staff for a summer with our Youth Services. Since May 2012, she’s been back as the Genealogist, helping folks with their own research and introducing newcomers to the fun of family history, something she’s enjoyed for nearly 40 years. When she’s not working at the library, she’s likely traveling with her husband, Steve, to do genealogical research or to visit children and grandchildren. At home, they can be found in the company of their black labs, out walking, or curled up by the woodstove with books.
Mark is currently in his third year at Skidompha in his role as the Youth Services Children’s Librarian. Despite a lack of formal library training, Mark was in fact recruited for a position which allows him to enjoy two of his favorite pastimes, reading and acting like a kid. A graduate of the University of Maine, he has held a variety of jobs such as paperboy, banker, carpenter, environmental educator, and school administrator to name but a few. When not at Skidompha, Mark can often be found improving and exploring his land in Nobleboro, or hiking and biking the various local preserves.
A former commercial pilot, an aerospace journalist and author since 1988, Mal has provided Skidompha’s electronic presence since the new Skidompha opened its doors in 2001. He develops and maintains the library’s website in coordination with the other departments, and provides material for Skidompha’s social media outlets. Mal is also executive producer for much of Skidompha’s digital media, including podcasts, Chats videos, and Owl Radio. When not occupied with his Skidompha duties, Mal is an artist, writer, a local school bus driver, and wanna-be gourmet chef.