The Board of Trustees of the Warwick Public Library recently planted cherry trees on the library grounds in appreciation of the late Anne Kayarian. She was a tireless community advocate who championed the Warwick Public Library, and libraries in general, for more than 40 years. In addition to serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kayarian was a member of the Friends of the Library, a generous benefactor, and a member of the Rhode Island Library Association and recipient of its Trustee of the Year award.
Kayarian died at age 81 in 2010, and her husband, Harry, died in April of this year at the age of 92. The couple operated Coffeetime, Inc., a full-service catering truck that served the local manufacturing community from 1959-1992
"The Trustees chose to recognize Anne's dedication by planting a cherry tree in the Library garden in her honor for the community to enjoy, which represents Anne's love of nature," said Chris LaRoux, Library Director. Cherry trees lined the entrance of the library before the new entrance was
built. "She was instrumental in the development of the library, which, last year, loaned out more than a half million items."
"The dedication Anne Kayarian had for the library is a model for our current trustees," said Mary Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "We think she would be proud of how the library grows and adapts to meet the community's needs."