Lori Adelman
Children's Librarian Assistant
Lori has an M.S. in Elementary Education and has taught elementary school in both Stamford and Darien.  Her four children are glad that she has found a new venue for her singing and dancing.
Karyn Alfini
Materials Management
Karyn is a recent college graduate with a degree in education and history. She is a firm believer in starting off every morning with a cup of coffee. When not at the library, Karyn enjoys spending time with friends and family, seeing her favorite bands in concert and exploring new places.
Jeanne Altman
Children's Library Assistant
Jeanne joined the Children’s Library after being an enthusiastic Readers’ Advisor for three years, and has completed a Masters in Library Science from Pratt Institute. She loves reading, especially audiobooks, cooking and crafting with kids.
Stephanie Anderson
Assistant Director for Public Services
Stephanie Anderson is the Assistant Director for Public Services. She is also the head of Readers’ Advisory after years of working as a bookseller. She reads just about anything, from presidential biographies to Regency romances, with a lot of new fiction in-between. When she’s not at the library, she’s reading on the train home to Brooklyn or running a basketball league for book nerds.
Mallory Arents
Head of Adult Programming | Volunteer Coordinator
Mallory got in to the library biz not because she loves books, not because she loves information, but because she loves people. She's also really into KPOP, vegan eats, and cephalopods.
Lorena Balne
Children's Library Assistant
Miss Lorena currently teaches at Five Mile. Prior to that she launched two highly successful local businesses catering to preschool children. Miss Lorena was also a co-founder and owner of Green Moon Children’s Art Studio.
Maria Banke
Technology Assistant
Maria joined the Help Desk team after a successful career an IT professional in the financial industry. A long-time Darien resident, Maria spends her spare time volunteering for local organizations, sharing her wealth of IT knowledge!
Barbara Blake
Reader Advisor
Barbara is one of our film buffs. Ask her what movies she's seen lately!
John Blyberg
Assistant Director for Innovation and UX
John is a library geek.
Tina Bothe
Materials Management
Tina is an excellent cook and baking is her specialty. Ask her about the cookbooks!
Asha Bryce
Reader Advisor
Asha is a keen observer of all that is weird and slightly off kilter in literature, non-fiction and movies! Ask her what she has read lately that keeps her back to the wall.
Lois Calka
Head of Facilities and Materials Management
Lois keeps all the cogs turning.
Laura Cavers
Reader Advisor
Laura is an avid reader and member of two book groups. She recently finished her MFA in Writing and is focused on finishing her very own novel. She likes to relax by walking with friends, or sailing or kayaking on Long Island Sound.
Kaitlin Ciarmiello
Technology Assistant
Kaitlin received a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College, where she also played her cello in the orchestra and other ensembles. In her spare time, this Conn College Camel loves reading young adult literature and brushing up on her Italian!
Reed Collyer
Reed keeps the bills paid and the books balanced. In her spare time, she is a runner, reader and mom to three fantastic kids and two rescue dogs. Some of her favorite authors are Zora Neale Hurston and Wally Lamb.
Elizabeth Connell
Children's Library Assistant
Elizabeth is pursuing a MA in Library and Information Sciences from the Pratt Institute. Her favorite children's book is Little House in the Big Woods. In her free time she enjoys needlepoint and the novels of PG Wodehouse.
Kathy Cronin
Technology Assistant
Kathy joined the library after a successful career in technology sales and taking time off to raise her kids. Kathy has been an active part of the community after being a long time resident. She loves to read non-fiction, and enjoys running, spinning and cooking in her spare time!
Rose Curtin
Materials Management
Rose is mom to two grown daughters, Melissa and Cindy. She is a marathon runner and plays tennis and paddle tennis. She is also a talented seamstress and creates specialty gifts to sell at holiday and craft fairs. Rose also loves to cook and read historical fiction.
Eileen D'Andrea
Children's Librarian Assistant
Eileen loves to connect kids with that one perfect book... the book that will make them a reader. She is a school librarian when she's not in the Children's Library and when she reads books for grown-ups, she prefers historical fiction.
Jen Dayton
Collection Development Coordinator
Jen is our Collection Development Coordinator, new fiction buyer and lover of all things book. Ask her what book she is passionate about this week!
Fran Dixon
Knowledge and Learning Services Assistant
Fran enjoys encouraging others and also reading books that are inspiring. Ask her what she's reading now!
Kathleen Fieffe
Reader Advisor
Kathleen loves documentaries, letterpress stationary and letter writing; doughnuts and ALL food. She also listens to public radio programming and podcasts. Ask her what she's listening to now!
Jane Frazier
Program Specialist
Jane Frazier is our Hostess with the Mostess, resident Francophile, and Michigan sports fanatic. When she’s not welcoming you to one of our library programs, you can find her swimming laps at the YMCA or baking her famous chocolate chip cookies.
Erica Gauquier
Teen Services Librarian
When not reading young adult realistic fiction, Erica enjoys riding her longboard skateboard and shoe shopping. You can find her in the Teen Lounge running programs and recommending books.
Marilyn Giannos
Materials Management
Marilyn loves reading the Sunday NY Times as well as historical fiction and memoirs. She also enjoys volunteer work, tennis, golf and bridge.
Josephine Gleeson
Materials Management
Jo is a retired middle school teacher who is trading YA literature for historical fiction and novels. She enjoys biking, baking, long walks, and discovering new places.
Amanda L. Goodman
User Experience Librarian
Amanda loves mountains, genealogy & fandom. On a more serious note, she teaches technology classes and helps small business owners with their online presence.
Krishna Grady
Children's Librarian, Program Coordinator
Working in the children’s library allows Krishna to combine her favorite things: acting, singing, dancing and reading. When not at the library she can be found watching movies, sci-fi television, mainly Dr. Who, singing show tunes and of course reading. Her favorite books are Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, Jane Eyre and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Melissa Graves
Materials Management
Melissa is in three book groups and particularly loves devouring historical fiction. She also enjoys duplicate bridge, tennis and yoga.
Alan Kirk Gray
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Alan reads a lot of naval history and fiction and is always trying to get us to go play softball. Hasn't happened yet, probably never will.
Virginia Grubbs
Reader Advisor
Virginia's favorite genres include thrillers and suspense, mysteries, general fiction, chick-lit and young adult books featuring a dystopian society. Aside from books, she also loves movies and suspenseful TV series. She's a proud Texan enjoying life in Connecticut.
Julia Rae Hodenfield
Reader Advisor
Julia Rae is a current student at Ursinus College studying English, French, and Creative Writing. She loves coming home during breaks from school and working in Readers' Advisory!
Alex Hylton
User Experience Ninja
As a lover of technology, Alex makes sure all the technology equipment in the building runs smoothly. He also aids to design unique physical or digital experiences for patrons of the library.
Sally Ijams
Head of Knowledge and Learning Services
Sally is a huge fan of audio books. The queen of multitasking, she can usually be found knitting, gardening or cooking, all while listening to books. Her reading tastes are eclectic, but she is especially fond of all things Austen.
Kimberly Kunces
Technology Assistant | Knowledge and Learning Services Assistant
Kim is a college student studying Communications. She loves to play tennis, run, and travel. She enjoys reading non-fiction books and Time Magazine. Ask her about wilderness travel and readings!
Amy Laughlin
Children's Librarian, Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator
Amy reads picture books, tween books, YA and everything in between. In her spare time she enjoys traipsing around the globe, playing with iPads and apps, and making crafts.
Caroline Mandler Lopez
Head of Operations
Caroline has twin boys, and is a frequent story-time attendee and coffee-drinker.
Julie Magrath
Materials Management
Julie particularly loves thrillers and suspense, contemporary fiction and historical novels, especially if they are audiobooks. She can often be found listening to a good read while enjoying her other loves: long walks, gardening and cooking.
Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla
Assistant Head of Children's Services, Collection Development Coordinator
Elisabeth is an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader who was convinced her invitation to Hogwarts got lost in the mail.
Stacy Mathai
Technology Assistant
Stacy has a BS in Business & Technology. Aside from being a legal assistant and Sunday School teacher, she’s always ready to lend a hand. Her welcoming smile and tech savvy nature will happily guide you in the right direction.
Ann McCarty
Reader Advisor
Ann McCarty loves reading, especially popular fiction. Ask her what she is wild about this week!
Cathy McLachlan
Administrative Assistant
Cathy makes it happen.
Marian McLeod
Children's Library Assistant
Marian was destined to be a librarian. She was born and raised in Hawaii and is a big fan of funny kids books, running, cross-stitching, and traveling abroad.
James McNutt
Systems Administrator
James has a suspicion that he might like the words in books more than books themselves. So when he reads, he tends to prefer books written by linguists because they understand that words themselves can tell stories—stories full of… characters. James also likes puns. Word.
Nevine Michaels
Reader Advisor
Nevine loves international literature and foreign films. She also likes to experiment with different cuisines in her free time.
Barbara Monin
Reader Advisor
Barbara is a Francophile and reader of all things. Ask her what she has loved lately!
Claire Moore
Head of Children and Teen Services
Claire is a film lover who enjoys selecting movies for our Foreign Film Series for kids. She is an avid Nutmeg Book Award reader and conducts programs for children from infants to tweens. She can also sometimes be caught running through the stacks.
Lisa Nowlain
Children's Librarian, Harold W. McGraw Jr. Fellow
Lisa is a half-Swede Californian with a background in art, marketing/design, and ultimate Frisbee (it’s really a sport!). While not being a librarian, she is outside hiking or inside reading fantasy, sci-fi, picture books, or narrative non-fiction.
Blanche Parker
Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian
Blanche is our business and travel expert and a huge fan of UNC basketball and SEC football.
Marianne Paterniti
Book Group Coordinator
Marianne is a book group's best friend. Ask her what she recommends for a lively discussion!
Victor Pensiero
Building Engineer
Vic keeps our library building in shape. As the former Chief Plumber for the Darien school district and current Chief of the Darien Fire Department, Vic is always ready to serve.
Manny Perez
Manny is a writer, producer and director of impactful and memorable documentary films, public relation films, corporate communications videos and commercials. As a recipient of numerous industry awards, and the owner/director of a video production facility, Manny uses his skills to create meaningful videos for the library.
Veronica Ponce
Children's Librarian Assistant
You may know Veronica from her Organized Playgroups in town. She has a M.S. in Early Childhood Education and believes every child is gifted and ready to learn!
Stephanie Sara
Materials Management
Stephanie keeps the sorting room humming. She can also be seen at the Friday night films where she has been known to appear dressed as a beekeeper as well as in vintage 1970’s attire.
Thomas Scott
Materials Management
Thomas enjoys hardcore concerts and running.
Abby Sesselberg
Reader Advisor
Abby reads a wide range of books with an emphasis on genre mysteries, series, and thrillers. She also enjoys biographies, memoirs, and books about chefs.
Patricia Sheary
Reader Advisor
Pat is not only a insatiable reader and huge Anglophile, she is a gourmet cook and loves doing needlework. Ask Pat what’s cooking! She’ll be happy to tell you!
Susie Skerrett
Film Librarian
Susie is a Master Gardener and an instructor on the art of selling on eBay. Susie is frequently found assisting with our Friday Night Films, is an avid movie watcher, and currently oversees purchases in our DVD collection. While she is quite eclectic in what she reads, she never passes up a good romance novel! She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Connecticut. Susie is also a notary.
Caitlin Stote
Materials Management
Caitlin is an undergraduate at Fairfield University, majoring in English and pioneering in Fairfield’s new 5-year Integrated B.A./M.A. Degree Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. She loves reading to children and reading in general, especially Victorian English literature and works of nonfiction.
Valerie Streuli
Materials Management
Valerie is a retired middle school drama coach, music teacher, and choral director. She has two grown daughters as well as a grown husband. Valerie enjoys hiking and camping, singing in a gospel choir, and taming her garden.
Samarpana Tamm
Children's Librarian Assistant
Samarpana is a former Montessori teacher and one of our Early Childhood Specialists. She conducts Giggles & Rhymes and can help anyone navigate our Picture Book collection!
Pat Tone
Head of the Welcome Desk
Pat is a dog lover and haunter of book shops everywhere. Ask her about the best in books on cd or playaways.
William Tone
Reader Advisor
William Tone is a recent law school grad. When he is not out pounding the pavement he can be found behind the Welcome Desk ready with a book recommendation that is sure to please!
Karen Yostpille
Materials Management
Karen loves to read popular fiction, although her book group and co-workers are encouraging her to branch out into other genres. She also enjoys volunteering, playing golf, baking and spending time with her family.
Diane Young
Reader Advisor
Diane loves a good mystery, whether on the beach or by the fireside. Ask her what mystery is she is currently entangled in!