The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 9, 2006


Dan Brainard (left) and Fred Jones share maintenance responsibilities at the Library. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

An appreciative introduction to the Gleason Library's custodians

It is nearly six years since the renovation and expansion of the Gleason Public Library in September 2000. A local treasure and valued resource to many, the library welcomes a constant traffic of visitors throughout the day, six days a week. With this traffic comes a lot of behind-the-scenes care and maintenance. Fred Jones and Daniel Brainard share the responsibility for the day-to-day care of the library. From the furniture and floors, to the lights and ceilings, not to mention a little landscaping, their concern for maintaining the aesthetic beauty of the building is apparent in their ability to keep it clean and to catch needs before they become problems.

Jones joined the library staff working a couple of days a week early in 2004. He is a custodian at the Chelmsford High School. A U.S. Army National Guard veteran, Jones and his wife Susan are the proud parents of two high school students, Aaron and Brianna. Jones is an experienced landscaper and all-around handyman from plumbing to carpentry and painting. He loves spending time with his active family, including bike riding, fishing, home improvement projects, and watching movies.

Five days a week, Daniel Brainard, a Maynard native, keeps the building in beautiful condition. A regular Carlisle Mosquito reader, Brainard celebrates his one- year anniversary with the library this month. "I really like working in Carlisle at the library," he said. "It is a nice change after working in and around Harvard Square, Cambridge." Brainard worked in the mail delivery services at Harvard University for the past 22 years. The father of three and a long-distance runner, he keeps busy in his spare time. You might just catch him this year at the annual Carlisle Old Home Day Road Race.

Jones and Brainard might not be visible to the public, but they are important team players at the library, friendly and concerned about the quality of the work and the role and responsibilities of the library in the community.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito