LIBRARY STAFF

Karin Goodell
Karin GoodellDirector
Karin Goodell became the Director of SML in December of 2021. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Beardsley Library in Winsted, CT, for ten years and served at Beardsley as the Head of Children’s Services for four years. Actively involved in the Connecticut library community, she’s served as the Chair of the Northwest CT Library Director’s Roundtable and the Region 1 Representative to the CT Library Association. Karin has a passion for creating excellent library services by connecting with the community and maintaining positive relationships with all the people who love and support the library.

She’s been a book enthusiast ever since she could hold one in her hand and particularly enjoys exploring new authors and genres. In her spare time, Karin loves gardening, feeding birds, spending time with her family, and petting every dog she encounters. Karin lives in Winsted with her husband and a small menagerie of three dogs, three ducks, and a cat.

Carolyn M. Brady
Carolyn M. BradyCirculation Desk
Carolyn moved to Salisbury after retiring from a career in higher education administration that spanned 35 years and took her to seven states. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Beyond travel Carolyn’s interests are family, reading and volunteerism. Her greatest joys are her two beautiful grandsons who live in County Cork, Ireland and her son who lives in Palm Beach, Florida and Ireland. Carolyn enjoys working at SML and meeting with the enthusiastic readers who frequent our library.
Julia Hobart
Julia HobartCirculation Services
Circulation Services and Teen Coordinator.
Julia is a book-lover, reader, book-recommender extraordinaire. Julia started reading religiously in her late 20’s and pretty much has done only that ever since. She was a bookseller at an independent bookstore for 9 years where she honed her recommending skills and broadened her reading horizons from mostly children’s action packed fantasy books to all varieties of adult and children’s books. Fantasy will forever remain her first love, but she reads widely, from essays, poetry, romances & memoir to listening to mysteries, contemporary lit & classics. Julia remains a bookseller at heart and shares her recommendations online as the shire_bookluvr.

Kendra Percy
Kendra PercyHead of Children & Family Services
Kendra is a Lakeville native who recently returned to her hometown after living, studying and working abroad for most of her adult life. Her aim as Head of Children and Family Services is to create accessible, diverse, and multigenerational programs that spark curiosity and inspire learning through play and experience. Before joining SML, Kendra was a K-12 Museum and Classroom Educator at The Museum of the City of New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art for teen programs and the American Museum of Natural History, where she developed an award-winning prototype exhibition for the Children’s Science Room. Kendra holds an MS in Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, where she was also a student and substitute teacher for 10s/11s. This position is a dream come true.
Heath Prentis
Heath PrentisCirculation Desk
Before coming to SML, Heath worked at the Litchfield Probate Court and she has also been an Outward Bound instructor, bar hussy, newspaper reporter and graphic artist. She has two grown sons and is an artist in her spare time.
Jennifer Schwartz
Jennifer SchwartzTechnical Services Associate
Jennifer and her husband have lived in Salisbury for 23 years, raising 5 children here. A vegan, animal and nature lover, you can often find her out and about on the trails with a trusty canine companion. When not working, hiking, or spending time with family, she can be found fiddling in her garden or kicked back reading in the oasis she’s created in her backyard, often sipping iced tea if it’s warm out, cuddled in bed with the dogs and a good book when it’s not.
Karen Vrotsos
Karen VrotsosProgram Coordinator for Adults
Karen moved to Salisbury full time in June 2023 after decades of weekend visits to the area and seven happy years of summer residence in Sharon in the 2000s. She has worked in publishing, taught writing and literature at Columbia College and Barnard College, directed a program for mid-career urban leaders at Columbia University, and helped write and edit web content and training materials for McKinsey & Company and McKinsey Academy. As a long-time volunteer in public schools and for community organizations, she has led writing workshops for all ages and coached high school students on college application essays. On weekends, you’re likely to find her out biking, rowing, swimming, walking with her husband David and dog Spuds, visiting her son in Delaware, or settling in for a good read. She loves plays, movies, concerts, art classes, museums, dancing, and, of course, book discussions.