Karin took the helm as the Director in December of 2021. Before coming to SML, Karin 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. Karin brings a passion for creating excellent library services by connecting with the community and building positive relationships with all who support and love the library.
She’s been a book enthusiast ever since she could hold one in her hand and particularly enjoys challenging herself to read new authors and genres. In her spare time, Karin loves gardening, feeding birds, spending time with her family, and petting all the dogs she can. Karin lives in Winsted with her Brady bunch of a family, including a husband, five mostly grown children, three dogs, and a cat.
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.
May CastleberryCoordinator of Adult Programs
After living in Salisbury some years ago, May recently came back to settle in Lakeville with her husband, a college professor in Hartford. She is delighted to take on a new post at SML, where she hopes to learn a great deal from, and share ideas with, all those who may be interested in SML’s collection or programs. While in this engaging part-time coordinator position, she will also continue her long-time work as editor of a series of artist’s books for a museum in New York.
Almost all of May’s work in past decades has involved art libraries, artists, writers, printers, and bookbinders. Her career and personal interests have caused her to collect more books about art than many people feel is necessary. In her spare time she reads books about nature or about literary lives. She cannot resist comic fiction. In her spare time she enjoys walking trails in and around Salisbury.
Julia HobartCirculation Services
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_bookseller.
Kendra PercyChildren's 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 Children’s Services Coordinator is to create accessible and diverse 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 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 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.