Our People

Our Staff

Catharine Findiesen Hays, Library Director

Catharine joined the Bixby library team on May 1, 2020.  Born and raised in Vermont, she is excited to return home to her family’s place in Panton. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, renovating a 200 year-old farmhouse and spending time with her two wonderful daughters. Catharine most recently served 10 years as founding Executive Director of the Wharton Future of Marketing/Advertising Program, where she co-authored Beyond Advertising: Creating Value Through All Customer Touchpoints (Wiley, 2016). She previously held leadership positions in marketing, corporate sales and executive programs at AT&T and was National Director of Corporate Relations for the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society. Catharine received an AA degree from Franklin University Switzerland, a BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania as a Lauder Fellow. Connect with Catherine by emailing them at catharine.hays@bixbylibrary.org.

Laksamee Putnam Cave, Adult Services Librarian

Laksamee Putnam Cave recently moved to Vermont from Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore she was a science librarian at Towson University. As a public librarian she enjoys getting to know the community and working with them to enhance collection development and plan fun, educational programming. Her family is from Colorado, and she appreciates the small mountains of Vermont. Laksamee received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, and BA from the University of Colorado. She adores cooking Thai food, loves greyhounds, and collects tiny, kawaii decor. Laksamee will be on leave until March 2021.

Melanie Cote, Children & Youth Services Librarian

Melanie is a lifelong Vermonter who is excited to join the Bixby Library as the new Children and Youth Services Librarian. Previously, Melanie was a middle school librarian and English teacher for almost twenty years. She received Bachelor degrees in English and Social Work along with a Post Baccalaureate teaching certificate from the University of Vermont. In her free time, Melanie enjoys reading, writing, practicing yoga, and gluten-free baking. In Melanie’s words, “I am most excited about collaborating with community organizations in order to better understand the needs of the five towns and as a way to cross-promote programs. As a public institution, the library is a place for everyone to find the information, literature, fun, and connection that they seek. It is my hope that I can assist everyone who enters the Bixby Library in finding what they’re looking for.”  Connect with Melanie by emailing her at melanie.cote@bixbylibrary.org.

John Dugan, Bixby Building Steward

John Dugan is the Bixby Building Steward, responsible for maintenance of the library’s building, its furnishings, and assists at library events.

Patricia Reid, Objects and Artifacts Steward

Patricia has been working with the Bixby since 2018 as our Objects and Artifacts Steward, and previously as a volunteer. She brings her experience in collections management and exhibit design and management to the Bixby as she helps staff and patrons to be responsible stewards of the cherished collection of objects, artifacts and archives that our community members have donated over the years. At the Bixby, Patricia’s work is possible thanks to generous support from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. She also works for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as their Collections Manager and as part of their Research and Archaeology team. Patricia holds a BA in Archaeology, History, and French from Lycoming College in Williamsport PA.  

Our Volunteers

Volunteers give generously of their time and talents and work several hours every week at Bixby Library. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting at the circulation desk and/or tackling a variety of tasks that are necessary to maintain library services. We’d love you to join us, too. Come help us provide essential services and connections with people in our five towns. Find out how you can help and if you have any ideas in particular on how, please let us know! Thank you. In addition to volunteering, other ways to provide service to the library include the Friends of the Bixby Library or the Bixby Trustee Board.

Our Trustees

The Bixby Memorial Free Library is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham and the city of Vergennes. Monthly Trustee meetings are held at the library on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Parking is available at the back of the library.

Current Trustees