New director helps information Trafford Neighborhood Public Library
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The Trafford Community Public Library needed a guide.
The small community library had been without a director since September 2019, when former director Jessica Beichler took on a new position as director of the Penn Area Library. When she left, the Trafford Library was full of volunteers for almost a year.
The coronavirus pandemic made things even more complicated, and the library was closed for several months last year.
Then Adrienne “Adi” Bracken stepped in as the new director in August and brought much-needed guidance and vision, according to Eva Powell, president of the library board.
“We were without a director for a long time, almost a year, and we were excited to have it,” said Powell.
Bracken and library volunteers worked together to reopen the building.
“We were really lucky,” said Bracken. “We have great volunteers.”
Bracken said she spent much of her life in libraries.
“I spent a lot of time in the library as a kid,” she said. “Actually, in high school, I would skip classes to go to the library.”
As a student at Seton Hill University, she worked in the university library, which she believes inspired her career. She worked at the Zelienople Area Public Library before getting the job in Trafford.
Powell described Bracken as kind to volunteers and sponsors, and went out of his way to make the library a success.
“It was like the heart of the library,” said Powell. “We just kept walking.”
Bracken is the library’s only paid employee.
She has worked to develop new covid-friendly programs, an adult book club and a children’s story time, both of which will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Many people came to the library during the pandemic and used their computers to fill out unemployment records and look for jobs, Bracken said.
Bracken said her priority is making sure the library’s resources are available to people both during and after the pandemic.
“I love the idea of serving our community,” she said. “We are open and we are here and we are here to help as we can.”
Jacob Tierney is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected], or on Twitter.
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