Tuesday, January 28, 2020

7 years to the day after the Trustees of the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts, honored me with a retirement party, The Oxford, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen and the Trustees of the Oxford Free Public Library voted to appoint me to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. Trustee Chair John Bowes recognized the many years of service by John "Jack" Flynn, whose resignation was due to moving to another community.

For any friends, and especially Oxford residents who may be curious about my preparation to serve as a Library Trustee, here is my "Post Retirement Resume."

15 Daniel Drive
North Oxford, MA 01537
Cellular (508) 208-0539


* Narrated & Produced 81 Audiobooks as Audible (an Amazon subsidiary) Approved Narrator.
* Write/Narrate/Produce radio commercials for Brockton Symphony Orchestra; Concert Master of Ceremonies,
* Write/Distribute Press Releases, post online, promoting Friends of the Oxford Free Public Library events.

* Took helm of 78,000 sq. ft. Main Library and 3 Branches upon Retirement of former Director.
* Deeply involved in physical plant issues in all buildings, acquired/implemented grants to complete them.
* Reinstated with IRS & Commonwealth a dormant Library Foundation that commenced capital fundraising.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR BROCKTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Brockton, Massachusetts 2004 – 2011
* Hired to fulfill promise of renovated/expanded (doubled to 48,000 square feet) historic library building by finishing off HVAC and other incomplete systems, recognizing donors, improving security, focusing staff.
* Secured funding, completed $750,000 renovation of East Branch Library at no cost to City of Brockton.
* Helped refocus Brockton Library Foundation, Inc., after it redefined itself to support capital campaign.

* Hired to oversee construction of new 32,000 square foot library to replace 18,000 sq. ft. facility destroyed by flood. Maintained public interest while managing and promoting services in temporary locations.
* Authored proposal for, administered, competitive State Library Construction Grant of over $2,000,000.
* Networked with Rahway Public Schools for after school homework assistance, and with Rahway Housing Authority to offer literacy and computer programs for adults at their Enrichment Center.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR JACOB EDWARDS LIBRARY Southbridge, Massachusetts 1990 - 2001
* Renovated, and expanded by 77%, historic library building. Wrote Long Range Plan and Library Building
Program for $3.1 million project. With Trustees, secured $1.8 million in grants and donations.
* Launched the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library, Inc. to cultivate financial, moral and political support.
* Came on board just before staffing cut of 29%. Reallocated resources, recruited and trained volunteers to minimize impact of second year reduction in force of another 24%.
* Maintained healthy relations with Town Government throughout fiscal crises, winning for the library priority for restoration of funding to hire additional personnel in 1993, 1998 and 2000.

* Rebuilt community support during lawsuit against Town by previous Director (thus “Coordinator” title.)
* Expanded participation in Central Massachusetts Regional Library System to enhance local resources.
* Won grants for scholar-guided reading and discussion series. Arranged free Literacy Tutor training.

* Doubled book budget via grants and appropriations. Expanded reference collection 60%. Increased hours.
* Won grant for computer for administrative productivity, and for network access that doubled ILLs.
* Lobbied for and won new line items at Town Meetings for roof repair, carpets, new telephone system, C/W MARS network membership, and for renovation of Children’s Room.

Children’s Librarian, Community Services Division, Storytelling, Reference, Selection 1982 - 1984
Subject Specialist, Reference Division, Business/Science/Technology Department 1976 - 1982
Outreach Librarian, Popular & Special Services Division, Collaborating & networking 1972 – 1976

Master of Science in Library Service, ombudsman, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1971.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dean’s List, columnist, Manhattan College, Bronx, New York, 1970.
Worked my way through school while supporting myself with night, weekend and summer jobs.
Continuing Education: Supervision, Contract Administration, Labor Relations, Planning, and Fundraising.


American Library Association
Massachusetts Library Association, Legislative Committee
Old Colony Library Network: President
Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library: Board of Directors
Brockton Library Foundation, Inc.: Board of Directors
Brockton War Memorial Foundation, Inc: President
Brockton Mayoral Task Force on Arts, Culture and the Humanities
Rotary Club of Brockton, Massachusetts: President
Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts, Inc: Library Liaison
Brockton Symphony Orchestra: Board of Directors, “Voice of the BrSO,” (write/produce/record radio ads.)
New Jersey Library Association: Public Policy Committee
Kiwanis Club of Rahway, New Jersey: Vice-President; President-Elect
Rahway Center Partnership: Master of Ceremonies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Baby Parade
LUCC: Libraries of Union County (NJ) Consortium: Awards Dinner Committee
Literacy Volunteers of the Tri-Community (MA): Secretary
Harrington Memorial Hospital: Corporator
Rotary Club of Southbridge, Massachusetts: President, Club Advisor
Tri-Community United Way: Board of Directors
Southbridge Retirement Board: Elected Member
Southbridge School System Family Literacy Coalition: Community Representative and Library Liaison
Massachusetts Educational Initiative for Latino Students: Community Representative and Library Liaison
C/W MARS, Inc. (Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing): Board of Directors

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Get a free copy of a short, uplifting audiobook

I own audio "pep talks," some so old I digitized them from cassettes, that I frequently listen to. Some colleagues consider short works unworthy to narrate and produce, but some are satisfying for the very reason that a short listen can perk you up. I produced this author's book after 40 years as "Harry the Librarian," as a labor of love and dedication. Send an email to me at harry@harrywill.com if you would like a US or UK (you must specify which) ACX code to get your own copy for free. You can learn more about it at


Sunday, December 1, 2019

There will be "Horror" in 2020!

Coming in 2020! The audiobook of Jon Athan's Cannibal Jungle, my 4th for him. The pages in Amazon's "Look Inside" for the Kindle version left me holding my breath yet eager to find out what happens next. As always, Jon's extreme horror is not for the faint of heart.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Brockton Symphony 2019 Holiday Pops Concert

Here's the text of the promo:
The Brockton Symphony returns to the Oliver Ames High School for Maestro Emilian Badea’s delightful Holiday Pops Concert on Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 PM. Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. Dr. Badea has chosen your seasonal favorites, along with exciting soloists, sing-alongs, and fun surprises. This year features mezzo-soprano Megan Roth; soprano Dana Lynne Varga; violinist Angel Valchinov; a piccolo solo by Jacqueline DeVoe; and Brockton's South Middle School Chorus, directed by Kate M. Higgins. Tickets purchased at the door are Adults $30.00, seniors and students $25.00, 18 and under free. Purchase in advance and save $5.00 at Brockton Symphony.org, or call 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, December 15th at the Oliver Ames High School in North Easton. The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Coming soon! Extreme Horror in Audio

Coming soon! Grandfather's House by Jon Athan in Audio!

This, my second production for Jon, has been described as "SAW meets Flowers in the Attic."
We recently collaborated on Dr. Sadist. Both come with warnings to potential listeners that there is a lot of sex, violence and extreme horror. Both fold in a bit of love, hope and humanity for those who endure.

You can hear a sample of Dr. Sadist on Audible.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Please help me publicize the April 28th and future concerts!

I have just sent this email request to the Brockton Symphony "family" to share my ads via THEIR social media links. You too can help support live classical music, even if you are not located nearby.

The email:

Please help me publicize the April 28th and future concerts!

Since 2005, I have been producing one-minute "commercials" for each of our concerts, We have had arrangements with local radio stations to play them as public service announcements and/or as paid advertisements.

It looks like we may not have such an arrangement for the coming season, and even if we do, the reach (at least potentially) of social media far exceeds that of radio stations.

Here's how you can help our beloved "BrSO" without even joining any committees: Share my ads on YOUR social media outlets - your Facebook, Twitter or any other platform, along with any blog or website you may control.

I always begin by uploading the ad, along with the text of it, to my Soundcloud page, which is easy to share directly to the bigger platforms or to copy and paste a code for the link to any other sites.

It doesn't take long, but it can help fill the seats while sharing the joy of our world class symphony.

Here's the link for next week's concert
Thank you!

Harry Roger Williams III
"Harry the Librarian"
North Oxford, MA

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Brockton Symphony Orchestra Awakening Spring: The French Connection

Here's my promotional radio commercial for the next performance by the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. I will be there to serve as Master of Ceremonies.

On Sunday, April 28th, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra presents the final orchestral concert of our 71st season, Awakening Spring: The French Connection, featuring intense, breathtaking works by French composers, at 3:00 PM in the East Bridgewater High School.
You’ll be stirred by power of Saint-Saëns’ Marche Héroïque, delighted by the sweep and textures of Debussy’s Ibéria from Images for the Orchestra, and transported by the sumptuous delirium of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique.
Adult tickets purchased at the door are $25.00, seniors and students $20.00, children 18 and under, free. Save $5.00 and order in advance at Brockton Symphony.org or by calling 508-588-3841. That’s 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 28th at East Bridgewater High School, 143 Plymouth Street in East Bridgewater.
The Brockton Symphony Orchestra – A Greater Brockton Treasure! Sponsored by Harbor One Bank.