EAST LONGMEADOW – Katherine McGonigle has used her love of reading and faith in public service to build a career in which she brings learning, hobbies and interests to the community. Now she uses her skills and passion as Principal of the East Longmeadow Public Library (ELPL).
“Growing up, my family emphasized the importance of education, community involvement and service,” said McGonigle, who joined the ELPL in July. Earning a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University allowed her to “turn my passions into my profession.”
McGonigle has worked in the field as a public school librarian, part-time assistant instructor, and college librarian.
Before becoming director of the ELPL, McGonigle was a patron. “The East Longmeadow Public Library has a reputation for being a welcoming and engaging community space,” she said. “Personally, I enjoyed browsing the shelves and attending the programs. When I entered the building or participated in a program, I was warmly welcomed and always felt supported by the library staff when researching and borrowing materials.
She has also had work experience with the library in her former position as Director of Youth Services at the Richard Salter Storrs Library in Longmeadow. “I had the pleasure of collaborating on programming with the Children and Teen departments. I also attended professional development with some of the ELPL staff. We had a great working relationship. »
So it was a natural decision to pursue the position of director once it became available. “Having such positive experiences made me want to apply for the position of manager,” McGonigle said. In addition to knowing the library and its “wonderful” staff, she said she looked forward to opportunities for professional growth.
McGonigle said his primary purpose is to support the library’s mission: “to help educate and enrich our community in response to the intellectual, educational and cultural needs and contribution of its patrons.” She said there was a lot of support in this mission, between the staff; the city; the Library Board and Friends of East Longmeadow Public Library, an organization that raises funds for building updates and programs, and Patrons of East Longmeadow and surrounding communities.
McGonigle said, “Together, we will continue to provide print and electronic resources, programs, outreach and services to better meet community needs.”
The East Longmeadow Public Library is located at 60 Center Sq., East Longmeadow. Times and programs can be found online at https://eastlongmeadowlibrary.org.