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.

Maddy Willwerth, Assistant Director

Maddy grew up in Sacramento, California and moved to Vermont to attend Champlain College in Burlington, VT. There she majored in Graphic Design and Digital Media and minored in Professional Writing. She moved to Vergennes, Vermont in 2013 and began working part-time for the Bixby Library as a PR & Organizational Assistant in 2017. Maddy served as Interim Director from October 2019 to April 2020, providing strong leadership and creative programming as the pandemic emerged. She has designed book covers, literary magazines and is a contributor to a local mom’s blog.

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

Rachel Plant, Youth Services Librarian

Rachel has been wearing many hats at Bixby since 2003. She grew up in Charlotte, Vermont on her grandparents farm, and still enjoys hiking the property to this day. She is a person who enjoys connecting with people in whatever community she lives in. She can always be found in her gardens spring through fall, and missing them during the long Vermont winter. Rachel and her husband bought their 1791 farmhouse some thirty years ago in New Haven, Vermont. Together as good stewards, they enjoy working on the many projects it requires. Received a BA in English and Art at University of Vermont. She gets her greatest joy from her pastimes of writing, painting, birding, and being with her grandchildren, and the aforementioned gardening. Rachel will be retiring, May 29th, 2020, please read her letter to the public here.

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