Essex Library News

From The Board of Trustees

Essex Library Association Announces Appointment of Ann Thompson as Executive Director

November 21, 2022  – Essex Library Association (ELA) today announced the appointment of Ann Thompson as executive director of the Library, effective November 19, 2022.

Thompson has over 20 years’ experience in public librarianship, serving the Essex community since 1999. Thompson was most recently assistant director for public services at ELA, where she oversaw services for adults, acquisitions and programs, as well as supervision of circulation desk operations and staff. She was appointed interim director in July of this year.

“Ann Thompson is stepping into the role of executive director at a time when the Library is poised to enhance its role in the community through its forward-thinking strategic plan. The Board of Trustees and I are excited by the possibilities that her leadership will bring to Essex. It became clear to us, throughout the search and interview process, that Ann Thompson was the best person to assume this leadership position,” said Betsy Sandberg, president, ELA Board of Trustees.

A search committee appointed by the Library’s Board of Trustees conducted a four-month long national search for an executive director. Sandberg and ELA Board of Trustees member JoAnne Carter led the search committee.

“I’m honored to have this new opportunity to work with a dedicated and talented staff, Board, and Friends group. I look forward to continuing the library’s great programs and services while also expanding ways to engage our community – one of the best small towns in America,” said Ann Thompson, executive director, Essex Library Association.

Thompson holds an MLS degree from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and a Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. She started her professional career in librarianship in 1999 at the Ivoryton Library Association in Ivoryton, CT. In 2001, she was hired as a circulation and reference librarian at ELA and in 2008 was appointed head of adult services, driving many of the Library’s innovative programming.

Betsy Sandberg, President
Essex Library Board of Trustees


From The Executive Director

At the Essex Library’s Annual Association Meeting last week, five new members were elected to the Board of Trustees. I want to extend a warm welcome to Gail Briggs, JoAnne Carter, Tom Gallucci, Susan Guernsey and Howard Tuttle. I’d also like to express my gratitude to departing trustees Mike Delouchry, Emily Rapp and Kathy Bonomi for their dedication and devotion to the Library. You can read the Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report here.

November is a natural time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank the Library’s entire Board of Trustees for their time and efforts to help keep the Library an outstanding community resource. As volunteers, they generally work behind the scenes and with little fanfare so the next time you see one of our trustees, please give them a pat on the back! You can see the list of trustees here.

Speaking of volunteers, hats off to our Friends for their successful Fall Book Sale and the extraordinary diligence each Friend shows in the time and effort they take on everything they do – from planning and implementing their book sales and entertaining fundraisers to keeping Library materials shelved neatly throughout the building.

Lastly but perhaps most importantly, thank you to the best library patrons anywhere! Your support helps us continue to provide free and unfettered access to information, resources and materials for the entire community.

Please remember that all Essex Library programs are FREE and open to the public.

Ann Thompson, Executive Director
Essex Library Association