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Braintree's Thayer library names new director

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 29, 2011 10:56 AM

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The Thayer Public Library has named Assistant Director Terri Stano as the new library director, effective this Thursday.

She succeeds Elizabeth Wolfe, who resigned from her position in September after being offered the position of director of the Brockton Public Library System.

Upon announcement of Wolfe's departure, library administrators said they formed a search committee for a new director. They reviewed several candidates and ultimately made the choice of Stano, who was unanimously accepted by the full library board.

Stano has served as the assistant director for the library for almost two years, previously being employed as the circulation librarian.

According to a release, Stano joined the staff after working at several local libraries, putting her graduate work at Simmons College to use in numerous areas of managing professional libraries.

Stano said she is excited for the opportunity, and hopes to follow in the big footsteps Wolfe has left for her.

“We had Betsy Wolfe as my boss, and she had this wonderful ability to really put [together] programming and get the library out there. I hope to carry on what she set in motion before she left for Brockton. I hope to continue on with that, and continue to make the library a place where people want to come to visit for recreation and research. Make it a community center for the town,” Stano said.

Stano and her husband, Mike, along with their daughter, Rachael, are all longtime Braintree residents.

Stano plans on expanding community outreach in a similar vein to Wolfe as well as working closely with town government and Braintree schools, even continuing with the One Braintree, One Book initiative set in motion by Wolfe.

“I don’t know if I can top what she did, she was great at it,” Stano said. “We hope to continue that if not every year every other year, and implement that into something that becomes a regular program for the library.”

Overall, Stano said she’s just looking forward to working hard for the town.

“I’m really interested in this community, and committed to the library. It’s an exciting challenge for myself, and I have a lot of excitement for it. I just want to work hard here for the town,” she said.

Library officials said the future looks bright with Stano at the helm.

“Our professional Staff, Volunteers and Trustees, who daily serve hundreds of residents from Braintree and surrounding communities, look forward to working with Terri as we begin an exciting, new chapter in our Library,” said Jeffrey Kunz, library chairman, in a release.

Mayor Joseph Sullivan also congratulated the library on the selection, and said he is looking forward to what lies ahead.

“Our Thayer Library is a town treasure and I know of Terri’s commitment and dedication to ensuring that our library remains a vital asset for all to be educated and to enjoy,” Sullivan said in a release.

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