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Szymanski Takes Helm Of Stratford Library As New Director

Sheri Szymanski the new Stratford Library Director.
Sheri Szymanski the new Stratford Library Director. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Stratford Library's new director needs no introduction.

Sheri Szymanski is well known to the community after serving as assistant director since 2007. She was appointed library director last month replacing Barbara Blosveren, who had retired. Szymanski said she is excited for the new challenge.

"Absolutely, this is a an organization I have been deeply involved with for close to a decade and this is a great opportunity coming to the helm of it," she said Monday,

"The Stratford Library is in a great position in our community. It is a beloved institution that people for generations have been coming to and have very strong feelings about," she said. "We are at a point in our existence where we are preserving our past but also looking very strongly toward the future."

The library recently launched a new logo that focused on the words 'Learn, Create and Share' that drives what the library is all about, she said.

The library is heavily involved with outreach programs with community groups, she said

"We do everything we can to embed ourselves into the community in order to help identify what is important and identify what we should be doing as an organization," she said.

Prior to becoming assistant director at Stratford she had been head of information technology services at Stratford Library Association for eight months.

She was head of access services at Westport Library for six years before moving over to Stratford. She had been head of technical services for the Trumbull Library system for six years.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Sacred Heart University and then earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the American Library Association, the Connecticut Library Association and the Fairfield County Library Administrators Group.

A reception welcoming Szymanski was held Sunday at the Stratford Library.

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