The Keene Public Library's longtime director has been recognized for her contributions to both the library and the city.

The New Hampshire Library Trustees Association named Nancy Vincent "Director of the Year" earlier this month.

She received the title not only because of her work with the library, but also because of her involvement in other Keene organizations, according to Susan Gaudiello, president of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association.

"In her work and representing the library she has become a part of the community," she said.

Vincent has worked for the Keene Public Libary for 30 years and served as library director for 26 years.

In a letter nominating her for the award, Kathleen Packard, chairwoman of the library's board of trustees, said that in recent years Vincent has forged partnerships between the library and Cheshire TV, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene State College and other organizations.

She helped the library participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food service program for the past two years alongside ConVal Regional High School, according Packard.  

Volunteers from the high school come to the library and provide free meals to children in an effort to fight hunger in the Keene area, according to Vincent. Children and their families also become aware of other activities at the library through the program, she noted.

Vincent said she's honored to receive the award and thrilled to have worked at the Keene library for so many years. 

"I've just been so lucky to have chosen a profession when I was young that turns out that I have been excited to be a part of all these years," she said. 

She said the library's success can't be attributed solely to her, however. 

"It really is representative of the entire staff just being so engaged and active," she said. 

Looking forward, she said one of her goals for the library is to help its planned renovation project come to fruition.

The library is in the fundraising stage to renovate and connect its annex building to the main library, she said. This would allow the library to have a second entrance on West Street and more space for activities and programming.  

In addition to her work as library director, Vincent's also a member of organizations, including Monadnock Family Services and Monadnock United Way, where she served as campaign chairwoman for one of its past fundraising campaigns, according to Packard.

Packard called Vincent a "model library director."  

"She's incredibly gentle and supportive and one of these people that just always works behind the scenes to make things run smoothly," she said.

"It was her time, I felt, to recognize her in the library world."

Xander Landen can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1420 or at xlanden@keenesentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @XLandenKS.