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New Library Director Announced

by Jill Mercurio on 2020-01-29T15:34:00-05:00 | Comments

On January 29, 2020, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller joined the Newton Free Library Board of Trustees in announcing Jill Mercurio as our new library director with the following statement:

Jill is uniquely qualified to be our director. She brings to the role deep experience in the world of libraries and specific expertise in Newton from her eight years here. She started as the Library’s Supervisor of Youth Services, then served as the Assistant Director, and, since August, our Acting Director. Hired by our previous Director Phil McNulty who became the head of the Minuteman Library Network, Jill is special:

  • She focuses on service excellence in a welcoming way.
  • She is forward-thinking, envisioning and then creating spaces and programs for our pre-readers to our older adults.
  • She champions the library community, building strong, respectful relationships with our many patrons, our staff and the Trustees.
  • She understands the changing role of our library as we lean into digital services, the maker movement and the unique needs of our diverse patrons.

The Newton Free Library, among the state’s busiest, is a center of community in Newton and Jill will be moving us forward. It’s full of books (296,043), audio and video selections (79,456), an ever-growing library of “things” (e.g., instruments, laptops, puzzles, board games) and access to 1.5 million titles through the Minuteman Library Network.

Congratulations Director Mercurio and thank you to the Trustees, including Barbara Meltz (President), Bharat Bhushan, Chris Kirby, Samuel Nathans, Jean Notis-McConarty, Sharon Stout and Geline Williams.

Learn more about our new Library Director in this recent  Newton Tab article.

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