Message from the Director

Library Director

Richard Conroy

August 2017 Director’s Message

As is true for any other organization, things constantly change at the Essex Library. It is with mixed feelings, therefore, that I’m taking this opportunity to announce that some of our current staff members are moving on to bigger and better things. I’m also pleased, though, to introduce two new people you’ll be seeing here beginning in August.

Claire, who has mostly worked on Thursday evenings, will be leaving us to go off to college in Boston. Though she only worked a limited number of hours for us she has been a valued employee, as well as an excellent resource for our outreach efforts toward our younger patrons. Val, who has attracted a devoted following during the past few years, has taken a full-time position as a School Library Media Specialist. We’ll certainly miss her, but we’re also excited for her since she’ll be doing the type of work she studied for when she acquired her master’s degree in library science. Last, but by no means least, Amy has been hired as the new Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Auerbach Art Library. In this position she’ll be able to take advantage of her two degrees – in art and library science – fields that are near and dear to her. She has been a wonderful asset for the Essex Library, and we hate to see her go, but we’re extremely proud of the fact that she’s moving into such an important position.

Two new staff members will be joining us this month. Hannah, a student at Valley Regional High School, and Jana, who is also employed part-time by R.J. Julia Booksellers. We anticipate that having Hannah on board will enable us to maintain our important link to VRHS, while Jana’s love for literature should serve her well in her position with us. Jana will also begin studying for her master’s degree in library science this fall. Please be sure to say hello to our newcomers when you see them, as well as pass along your best wishes to those who are moving on.