OUR PEOPLE

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The Stonington Free Library is known for its friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. We are always here to greet you and connect you with collections, expertise, services, and programs both in the Library and throughout the community. Please stop by and see us!

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

BELINDA DE KAY, Executive Director

Born in England I have lived in Stonington for nearly forty years. My husband is a naval historian and author and we have three grown children and three grandsons. I have worked at the Library for over thirty years as part-time circulation staff, Assistant Director, Interim Acting Director and now Director.


MICAYLA HALL, Assistant Director

I joined the Stonington Free Library team in 2012 when I was hired as a part-time assistant to Maris Frey, Director of Youth Services. This was the first step in my library career having just graduated with my MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. I had previously worked at the Visual Resources Library in the Fine Arts Dept. of URI and interned at both Groton Public Library and the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections & Archives at Connecticut College. In 2014, I was offered a full-time position at SFL and began splitting my time between Youth Services and Adult Services. Since March 2016, I have served as the Assistant Director. I truly enjoy serving this wonderful community through my role at the Library.

MARIS FREY, Director of Youth Services

After moving to the area from Massachusetts as a public school Assistant Librarian, I joined the Stonington Free Library part-time in 2006. When the Children/Teen Department position became available, I came “downstairs” full-time. My son remarked, “Mom, you get to be Mrs. Hurley”, the Children’s Librarian from our former town. His comment reminds me daily of the impact of my chosen path. I have an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and half completion of an M.Ed.

SUZANNE G. KERR, Development Coordinator

I have held positions with a variety of nonprofit organizations over my career in development, primarily focused on education and the arts. After more than 20 years in South Florida, I have happily returned to Connecticut, where I grew up, and am excited to join the staff of the Library at this inspiring point in its growth and history.


LIBRARY ASSISTANTS

CATHY, Youth Services Assistant

In May 2013, I joined the Stonington Free Library as a part-time assistant in the Children’s Room. I enjoy working with Maris Frey planning and implementing special events and the Summer Reading Program. I am a full time teacher and working in the library offers me the opportunity to help children in a different capacity. I have lived in Southeastern Connecticut for 35 years, and enjoy living near the ocean. I have B.A. in History from Syracuse University and a M.A.T. from Sacred Heart University.

STACEY, Youth Services Assistant

I recently moved to the area from Michigan where I worked as a librarian in an elementary school. I have also worked as a preschool teacher and art camp director. I hold a B.S. in English and Child Development from Central Michigan University. I look forward to helping Maris with all of the fantastic youth services offered at the Library and in the community.

PAULA, Library Technical Assistant

My family and I have lived in the Stonington area for the past twenty five years. I have enjoyed working in both public school libraries and at the Stonington Free Library which I joined in 2014.

TRACEY, Library Technical Assistant

I grew up on the West Coast, in Hawthorne, CA and have been on the East Coast now for 21 years and although I have always been a book and library lover it wasn’t until I met my library “super hero” friend, back in 2015, in Architecture of the World class, that I endeavored to pursue my far overdue career in the library world. I began my career attending the then new, and now renowned and completely amazing, LTA (Library Technical Assistant) Certificate program at Three Rivers Community College and finished off that program with an internship in cataloging at East Lyme Public Library. On the library career end of my new library life, I began at Bill and Gales Ferry Libraries in Ledyard (where my “super hero” friend works) and have been fortunate enough to round out my awesome experiences with part-time positions as library assistant at Bill Memorial Library in Groton, East Lyme Public Library in Niantic, where I am accompanied by an awesome group of other library-ites, and now at beautiful, old, and full of fun ladies, Stonington Free Library in – you guessed it – Stonington CT!

IVY, Library Technical Assistant

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Biological Sciences I worked various jobs in and out of the field of science. My love for research and advancing knowledge fit naturally into the position of library assistant. I look forward to helping all patrons access the wonderful array of services that the SFL has to offer.

BRIAN, Library Technical Assistant

I’ve never considered myself to be a bookworm, but I have always been fascinated by the art of storytelling. In their own way, stories allow us to connect with one another, immerse ourselves into new and exciting worlds, and allow us to view the world through a different set of eyes. As a library assistant, my goal is to share my passion for literature and stories while encouraging our patrons to explore new avenues and to keep an open mind.

Board of Trustees

Allegra Griffiths, Co-President
Denise Easton, Co-President
Scott Muller, Vice President
David S. Purvis, Treasurer
Richard Cole, Secretary
Susan P. Martin, Program Committee Chair

Stephen Bessette
Deborah Dodds
Chris Donahue
William Griffith

Elizabeth Leamon
Dima Rajab
Clare E. Sheridan
Sage D. Williams


"For my family, SFL is our go-to place. It’s the anchor of the community. I'm committed to sustaining this treasure for all of Stonington."
Kate Randolph, Former Vice President
"The Library is the most vital and best governed institution in our community. Its effectiveness is demonstrated in its increased use by all ages."
Susan P. Martin, Chair of the Program Committee
“The Library provides an invaluable resource to the community and I’m proud to be part of its present and future.”
Stephen Bessette, Trustee
"The special character of Stonington life derives from the unusually high level of local civic engagement. The Library is its premier civic institution."
Richard Cole, Secretary
"The Library is our town’s Community Center for the mind, connecting us to each other and the world."
Scott W. Muller, Vice President
"There is no other building in town where everyone feels welcome and part of something special the moment they walk through the front door."
Sage D. Williams, Trustee
"Any library can provide books, but the Stonington Free Library builds community through its services, thoughtful speakers, and wonderfully helpful librarians."
Deborah Dodds, Trustee
"The Library has enriched the lives of five generations of Kepples: my grandmother, my mother who served as Librarian, me, my four children and now my grandson!"
Nicholas Kepple, Former President 
"It's a privilege to join this outstanding Library Board. This cherished institution is a key part of our community and deserves the support of all of us."
David S. Purvis, Treasurer