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New librarian sets goals for more programming

By Staff | Aug 18, 2017

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Nicole Loffredo is the new library director at the Montgomery Public Library. She officially started on her own in June. She is showing what some of the kids made during their summer reading program.

MONTGOMERY – “This is my first full time job and I am loving it,” said Nicole Loffredo, the new director hired at the Montgomery Library. Loffredo said she applied for the position when she heard that Sue Thomas, the former director was going to retire.

Having recently completed her master’s degree in Library Science last December, Loffredo said she started in April working under Thomas, and officially became the new director here in June.

She commutes to Montgomery from Jersey Shore where she is from, and sees many similarities between the two small communities.

Her first position was part time at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport. “At first I wanted to be a teacher,” said Nicole who received her bachelor’s degree from Clarion University. She said she changed her major midway while there, and that it was a “good decision.”

She loves reading and said her first favorite book was Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Working over the summer at the Montgomery Public Library, Loffredo was able to assist and organize the summer reading program. The last day was August 2nd and “we had a great show of kids,” she said. 160 students signed up for reading logs.

This week she will be handing out prizes she made – big baskets filled with puzzles, movies and books. “There will be two prizes for each age of 7 and under,” she explained, “and for those who read the most books. All participants who hand in their reading logs, will get a free gift,” she added.

Loffredo also said she likes working in Montgomery. “Everyone has been kind here, and accepting, and seems to be looking forward to what I have planned.”

Her big goal this year is to have a place set aside for teens, plus add more programs for each age group. “Toddlers and teens like to come here. They need a place to hang out out more, read, and watch movies.” She also wants to start a book club for adults.

Larry Stout, board president, said he is extremely happy with Nicole. “She has met our expectations. We have seen increases in new members, and our circulation numbers are up,” he added.

“In general, we want to expand every program, and try to appeal to each age group.” Stout said he has been on the executive board for the past ten years for the Montgomery Public Library.

Cynthia Bryan, library assistant, said that Nicole came up with most of the programs this summer including the book bash held outside last Saturday afternoon across the street from the library.

Bryan said 100 kids registered for the Zoo America and the Library Safari program. “They made their own binoculars and looked for their own animals (photos hidden in the library), and each had a fun fact. It was cute! They actually used their binoculars,” she concluded.

Starting September 5th, new hours will be set for the library. It will be open everyday except Sundays. Monday 10-6; Tuesday 12-8; Wednesday 10-6; Thursday 10-4; Friday 10-6; and Saturday 9-4. The library is located at 1 S. Main Street, Montgomery, PA.