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. 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. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, renovating a 200-year-old farmhouse, and spending time with her two wonderful daughters. Connect with Catharine by emailing her at catharine.hays@bixbylibrary.org.

Amber Lay, Assistant Director

Amber Lay joined the Bixby Library team as Assistant Director on August 1, 2021. Amber recently earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of South Florida, bringing us current best practices, research methods, reference services, archives and records management, collection development, cataloging/metadata, and data management. Since January 2021, she has worked as Assistant Buyer/Inventory Control Specialist at independent bookstore Gene’s Books on Sanibel Island, Florida. She also brings business and operational expertise from her seven+ years as Credentialing Coordinator for a large medical practice and holds a BA degree in History and an AA in English. Amber is thrilled to be moving to Ferrisburgh to serve the Bixby Library’s five-town community and begin building lasting connections with its members. She is passionate about the role public libraries play in promoting information literacy, equal access, and lifelong learning for all. In her spare time, Amber enjoys reading, watching films, and hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Cooper. Connect with Amber by emailing her at amber.lay@bixbylibrary.org.

Laksamee Putnam Cave, Adult Services Librarian

Laksamee Putnam Cave joined the Bixby Library as the Adult Services Librarian in September 2018 after moving 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. Connect with Laksamee by emailing her at laksamee.cave@bixbylibrary.org.

Melanie Cote, Children & Youth Services Librarian

Melanie is a lifelong Vermonter who joined the Bixby Library in June 2021 as the 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.

Martha Sanborn, Member and Visitor Support Desk Manager

Martha Sanborn joined the Bixby Library in September 2021 in the new role of Member and Visitor Support Desk Manager. Martha grew up in New Jersey, where her first job was working in a library. She got a degree in English at Rowan University and worked for the Princeton Packet newspaper, where she enjoyed writing articles for the Lifestyles section. She has lived in Vermont for almost 20 years, and in Vergennes for the last 10 years with her husband and two daughters. She has worked for the VUES after-school program, teaching arts and crafts, and volunteered for many years at the elementary school library. Martha likes cooking, gardening, walking, writing, chocolate, and of course, books. She is looking forward to being a part of the Bixby Library.

John Dugan, Bixby Building Steward

John Dugan joined the Bixby Library in 2011 as the Bixby Building Steward. He is responsible for maintenance of the library’s building, its furnishings, and assistance with library events. John has also worked for Middlebury College’s Facilities department since 2005. He has been serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Vergennes Fire Department for the past 42 years. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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

Trustee Openings

Want to serve on the Board? The Bixby Library currently has two open Trustee positions. Click here to learn more about serving as a Library Trustee. Please contact Bethanie Brady Farrell, Chair of the People and Personnel Committee, if you are interested.