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Stratford Library Toasts Retiring Director At Reception

Stratford Library Director Barbara Blosveren will retire in February after 33 years of service to the agency. A public reception is planned for her on February 17 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Stratford Library Director Barbara Blosveren will retire in February after 33 years of service to the agency. A public reception is planned for her on February 17 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 for Stratford LibraryDirector Barbara Blosveren, who is retiring after 33 years of service.

“It’s been an exciting time for the Stratford Library and I’m proud to have been its director,” Blosveren said. “I’m also very pleased with the advances we’ve made including the availability of current technology resources, an extensive collection of materials in a variety of formats, programming for all ages, a continual collaboration with town agencies and a comprehensive outreach to the entire community of Stratford.”

Blosvreen has been director for the last nine years. Before that, she was assistant director, senior manager for personnel and youth service and young adult department head.

“Barbara has made a significant contribution over the years to the library. Her creativity and leadership have clearly played a role in making the library the essential town asset it has become,” said Library Board President Judith Hampel.

Blosveren was responsible for creating the nationally recognized and award-winning teen services department at the Stratford Library. She established the library’s monthly youth review board in 1987, a program that provides young people with the opportunity to share ideas, impressions and critical evaluations of books.

Blosveren has served on American Library Association national committees, including the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award, which annually selects the outstanding young adult book in the nation and the 2006 Margaret Edwards Committee, which nationally recognizes a young adult author for lifetime achievement. She served on the Young Adult Library Services Association Advocacy Task Force and the American Library Association Human Resources and Development Recruitment Advisory Committee.

The reception is open to the public and will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (203) 385-4166 or email hsilverman@stratfordlibrary.org.

The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main St.

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