Voters may have noticed one name missing the Tuesday, May 16, ballot.
Carlo D’Este, a Mashpee resident since 1981 and award-winning history author, decided not to seek reelection to the Mashpee Public Library Board of Trustees this May after serving since 1996.
He is known as a champion and a challenger for the library.
Mr. D’Este said that after giving back to the community for 21 years, he feels that the library and board are on the right track. Over his tenure, he helped secure funding for the current Mashpee Public Library building and helped advocate for more staffing.
“The library is on the right track now,” Mr. D’Este said in an interview from his home in New Seabury earlier this week. “It took some doing, but finally, it is ready to move forward.”
Library director Kathleen M. Mahoney said that Mr. D’Este’s departure marks a milestone in the trustee’s history.
“Although Carlo recognized the value of a library as the heart of its community, he was also deeply devoted to the belief that libraries are the cornerstone of democracy in our country,” Ms. Mahoney said. “His steadfast support and passion have guided the evolution of the library we are fortunate to enjoy in the town of Mashpee.”
Mr. D’Este said that his motivation for serving on the committee for so long was to give back to the community. Mashpee, he said, was the first place that he felt he had laid his roots. After serving in the US Army for more than 20 years, he moved around the world and lived in several areas, making it hard to connect on a level he felt in the small Cape Cod town where he has lived for over 30 years.
And libraries are something that Mr. D’Este knows and appreciates. As an historian and author of seven published historical books, he spent much time in and out of libraries and archives far and wide.