Candidate Daniel Pritchard was raised in Quincy, MA, by a single mom who taught him the values of hard work, common decency, and public service. She also instilled a love of libraries that would set the trajectory of his life.
“The library was a home away from home,” Daniel remembers. “I read everything — fantasy, biography, crime, poetry, the classics. The library was my window to the wider world.”
A graduate cum laude of Boston College, Daniel has since pursued a successful career in the business of letters. He has held marketing, communications, and development roles at some of Boston’s leading cultural institutions and has served on the boards of several literary nonprofits. In 2009, Daniel founded The Critical Flame, an online journal of literary nonfiction for which he continues to serve as editor-in-chief. His own prose, poetry, and translations have been published regularly as well.
“Public libraries played a crucial role in my life,” Daniel says. “Without a great public library, I don’t know if I would have attended college. I certainly wouldn’t be a writer and editor today. That’s one reason I want to serve as a trustee of the Watertown Free Public Library: to help inspire the next generation.”
Without a great public library, I don’t know if I would have attended college. I certainly wouldn’t be a writer and editor today. That’s one reason I want to serve as a trustee of the Watertown Free Public Library: to help inspire the next generation.
As Trustee, Daniel Pritchard plans to ensure that the WFPL:
- Serves our diverse community
- Remains fiscally sound
- Pursues innovative initiatives
- Supports lifelong learning
- Enriches Watertown’s civic life
“A well-educated public is vital to our democracy, and that’s why libraries matter so much. You spend sixteen years going to school, then spend the next sixty years going to a public library.”
The candidate and his wife, Katy, live in Watertown’s East End with their daughter, who loves it when her dad reads to her.
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