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Hello all,
I'm Ann Grealish Rust the Director of the Tiverton Public Library in Rhode Island. Tiverton has a population just under 16,000 and opened a new library building two years ago. I have been a library director for 24 years in both RI and Mass. I enjoy traveling, music & dancing, reading, audio-books, being active with my grandchildren, gardening, exploring new foods, sitting on my porch during rain storms, fireflies - the solar eclipse - just to name a few... Looking forward to boot camp in beautiful Maine.
Hi All,

My name is Keith Drago and I am the Deputy Director at the Rockport Public Library in Maine. I've been working at Rockport for over a year now and in libraries for 11 years. I've worked several libraries in Maine and New Hampshire and spent a couple years working in Texas.
Hi, I'm Stephanie Schott. In January, I joined the Maine State Library staff as the Early Literacy/Children's Specialist. I have lived in Alaska, New Jersey, DC, Massachusetts, Vermont and worked in archives/special collections, outreach services, and youth services for a total of 20-ish years (if you count my years behind the YS desk when I still in high school).
Hi everyone,
I'm Amy Wisehart and I've been the director of the Ellsworth Public Library in Maine since last December. Before that, I was a public library director in Vermont, and I've also worked in academic libraries in Maine and Massachusetts. My husband and I are expecting our first child in February, and I spend most of my free time reading obsessively in anticipation of much less free time in a few months! I also enjoy coastal hikes with our wonderful dog. I look forward to RIPL and to learning with all of you!
Hi.

I'm Pam Bonney, Library Director at Winslow Public Library, Winslow, Maine. I had a long career as a school library media specialist before making the delightful change to public library work 5 years ago.

I love to read, cook, sew and knit, garden, play the piano (not particularly well) and cross country ski ... and of course dote on my adorable 2 year old granddaughter, Hannah.
My name is Emily Donnelly. I just realized that if I include high school, I've worked in libraries for almost 20 years! (Who knew?) I've been the director of the Stevens Memorial Library in Ashburnham, MA (population: 6,000) for almost three years now, and I directed a library in New Hampshire for about a year and a half before that. Prior to that, I was in Boston for about 10 years at the Boston Public Library. 

I'm excited to nerd out on some data and get to know other librarians in the area. I'm also excited (and terrified) because I'll be leaving my two-year-old for the first time EVER, so I'm looking forward to getting sleep, but certainly going to miss my little girl.
Hi!  I am Kathleen Staples and I am the director of the Calais Free Library.  My background is in Education.  I came onboard at the Calais Free Library in 2004 as the Youth Services Librarian, in 2009 became the Assistant Director, and then the director in 2013.  I have been working on my Master's degree for a few semesters.  I love this little library in Calais and all our wonderful members. Our library is a nice hub for folks from surrounding towns such as Baring, Perry, Princeton, and St. Stephen, NB, Canada.  I can see beautiful St. Stephen across the St. Croix River right now from my office window.  I am excited to learn how to use data to make Return on Investment decisions when trying to move forward in all sorts of directions.  I am nervous about the upcoming project and hopeful that I can grasp and use this to help my library to prosper.
I'm Samantha Lucius, Children's Librarian and Collection Development Specialist, at Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, NH. I've worked in libraries for nine years, and have held positions in a university library, a middle school library, and two public libraries, all in NH. I've been in my current position for almost three years and i'm loving it! I'm behind in posting mostly because I have been buried under piles of eclipse glasses and summer reading logs!
Hi everyone,


So happy to be here in this lovely place! I come here directly from my 2 week vacation on Cape Cod so I am well-rested, as directed Smile

The rest of the year, I am Head of Children's Services at the Reading MA Public Library where I have worked for 30-some years (hard to believe because there is always something new!). We have just moved into our renovated bldg, with a new strategic plan and some new staff- so we are reinventing ourselves. So fun.

Like the rest of you, I love to read. I even got to read some adult books on vacation. Other loves- theatre and dogs.

Corinne Fisher
Reading MA PL
Hello,

I am Dawn Thistle, the Special Collections Librarian (AND Youth Services Coordinator - unique combo, no?) at Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine (service area: 16-17K). Previously, I served 10 years as a small town library director in Vassalboro, Maine, and two years as a middle school librarian (also in Gardiner). I also served five years as a high school teacher for students with behavioral and developmental disabilities, as well as two years as a therapeutic foster parent for the same children. Following my stint in special education, I began burrowing into the library world - working on my master's at Simmons and hating everything about my required course in Evaluation... until, one day, I didn't! I am currently wrapping up my coursework in my doctoral studies at Simmons and trying to figure out a way to bridge my academic requirements with boots-on-the-ground evaluation work in day-to-day library activity. I have been trying to focus my research on genealogical reference, but this is not a primary topic of study -- so I feel a bit like I am on my own raft on a wide, wide sea.

In what little free time I have these days, I request books and movies through ILL (but rarely get around to reading or watching them), stare longlingly out the window hoping that I might kayak or sit outside the Wi-fi range for a spell, and plot knitting projects to bring to conferences (but not this one!)....

Hello, 

I am Dawn Thistle, the Special Collections Librarian (AND Youth Services Coordinator - unique combo, no?) at Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, Maine (service area: 16-17K).  Previously, I served 10 years as a small town library director in Vassalboro, Maine, and two years as a middle school librarian (also in Gardiner).  I also served five years as a high school teacher for students with behavioral and developmental disabilities, as well as two years as a therapeutic foster parent for the same children.  Following my stint in special education, I began burrowing into the library world - working on my master's at Simmons and hating everything about my required course in Evaluation... until, one day, I didn't!  I am currently wrapping up my coursework in my doctoral studies at Simmons and trying to figure out a way to bridge my academic requirements with boots-on-the-ground evaluation work in day-to-day library activity.  I have been trying to focus my research on genealogical reference, but this is not a primary topic of study -- so I feel a bit like I am on my own raft on a wide, wide sea.

In what little free time I have these days, I request books and movies through ILL (but rarely get around to reading or watching them), stare longlingly out the window hoping that I might kayak or sit outside the Wi-fi range for a spell, and plot knitting projects to bring to conferences (but not this one!)....
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