The 13th Malloy Lecture in the Arts featuring internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie was an enormous success, bringing nearly 1,000 people together at Staples High School on Oct. 22 for an enlightening and entertaining evening with one of the greatest writers of our time. As president of the Westport Library’s Board of Trustees, I am overwhelmed by the exemplary collaborative effort that made this special program possible.

I, along with the rest of the board, extend a huge thank you to school officials and town leaders, local and regional police and fire departments and Staples High School staff and students for diverting business as usual to accommodate the event. We’ve heard many comments about the seamless efficiency of the program — from the time the doors opened to the expert traffic control at the end of the evening. In addition, the event provided a special opportunity for a group of high school English students to hear personally from Mr. Rushdie, demonstrating the potential for libraries to connect people for unique learning experiences.

Specifically, we extend sincere thanks to: the late Susan Malloy; Salman Rushdie and his publisher, Random House; Police Chief Dale Call and his team; Fire Marshal Edward Zygmant and his team; Jim Marpe, first selectman; Elliott Landon, school superintendent; Lisa Marriott, Dr. Landon's office; Horace Lewis and his staff at Staples High School; Julie Heller, Staples English Department chair; Kim Herzog, English Department; the SHS AP English students; Colin Neenan and Tamara Weinberg, Staples Library media specialists; Francis Fiore and Braden Smith, lighting; Mike Phillis, Performance Audio; Tricia Tierney, Barnes & Noble; Colin Bloom, Terrain, and Jen Albuck, Soda Man.

Joe Pucci

President

Westport Library Board of Trustees