Kiera is a lifelong learner and true believer in the transformational power of the public library. She enjoys reading twisty psychological thrillers, historical fiction, and social science, watching "Jeopardy," collaborating on the Sunday puzzle with her husband and listening to Hall & Oates at every opportunity.
Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla
Elisabeth is an avid genre reader: fantasy, science fiction, horror, mysteries, and romance. She can talk for hours about the many scandals of European royal families, classic children's literature, and pop culture.
A Certified Public Accountant, Kieran joined the Library as the Bookkeeper in April 2022. He is a former Darien resident and is very happy to have returned to town to help the Library fulfill its mission to this great community. His favorite book category is non-fiction, particularly biographies of U.S. Presidents. Go Blue Wave!
A proud bibliophile and veteran of the entertainment industry, Bree enjoys traveling to Ireland and spending as much time as possible outdoors with her family and their ridiculously small miniature Greyhound. She loves children's literature and illustration, memoirs, and true stories of extreme survival. One of her goals in life is to teach her daughter that the live concert version is ALWAYS better than the studio recording.
Melissa is an avid reader who loves to lose herself in historical fiction and introspective coming-of-age stories. She originally hails from the South but has learned to love the changing seasons of New England, where she searches in vain for proper southern grits.
Adult Programming & Community Engagement
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.
Joanne loves all things nature-oriented, and really enjoys producing gardening programs at the Library. In her spare time, she is into cooking, horticultural therapy, and reading the latest book group book. Joanne grew up in Darien.
Kathleen is a fiction reader with a sprinkling of non-fiction and thrillers. She is focused on author events and is always interested in connecting amazing writers with an audience of readers. The best author events enrich your life and pique your curiosity. Fine arts, gardening, cooking, travel, and wellness round out her days. She loves Darien Library and their amazing team!
Claire Moore Salgado
Claire is a beach lover who looks forward to playing tennis when the sun it out. She is huge fan of graphic novels and middle-grade realistic fiction. When she is not reading or listening to audiobooks, you can find her shedding tears over the latest "Modern Love" podcast or "Bluey" episode.
Samantha is a strong believer that every art project needs more glitter. She enjoys reading historical fiction, mysteries, and whimsical graphic novels. Outside of the Library, she likes to write, visit art museums, and listen to K-pop.
Eileen is an avid reader who always has at least 10 books on her hold list. A natural-born communicator, she loves to read stories, tell stories, and listen to people's stories. When she's not reading on her front porch, she can usually be found spending too much time on Instagram, walking her dog, or taking pictures at the beach.
Carrie reads across many genres and age groups, but she particularly likes books that make her laugh, cry, or think about things from a different perspective. As an avid sports fan, you can often find her cheering on the Rangers and the Mets.
Alison is a natural entertainer who has been singing since she was old enough to talk. You can often find her having the time of her life with her raven puppet Fable at storytime. Funny picture books are her favorite! She is an Anglophile and an old soul who can't get enough of horror films, historical non-fiction books, and true crime documentaries.
Samarpana was a Montessori teacher for many years. After her Granddaughter was born, she needed a new career with a flexible schedule. Darien Library was the perfect fit with working part-time in the Children's Library. After 15 years, Samarpana is happy to still be in the Children's Library helping patrons and conducting storytimes.
Knowledge & Learning Services
Brittany is a big believer in the healing power of a good laugh. A New England transplant who is very proud of her Appalachian roots, she can work Kentucky into any conversation if you give her long enough. She's always down to chat about comics, banned books, and Kentucky (see, I told you!). Outside of work, she lives her best life hiking, gardening, thrifting, and working on puzzles and embroidery projects.
Maria joined the Help Desk team after several decades as 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!
Mary-Beth enjoys learning and sharing technology in computer classes and tech help sessions. Her favorite reads include almost everything in Body & Soul, suspenseful thrillers, and the classics. She enjoys hiking, live music, and being by the shore.
Kristen is enthusiastic about people and building community. Her reading interests include weird facts, sweeping narratives, and emotionally devastating poetry. Outside of the Library, you can find her working on overly-ambitious craft projects or basking in the sunlight.
Sam was born and raised in Darien (DHS class of 2012). She graduated from the University of Connecticut with her BA in Political Science and is currently enrolled in grad school at Queens College, pursuing a dual MA in History and Library Sciences. Sam is a writer, poet, and book lover. Her favorite genres are history, social justice, and fantasy.
As the Library's premier Reference Skeleton, Slim Jim is always ready to lend his phalanges to patrons! He loves helping nursing students learn the skeletal system and serving as a model for artists. His hobbies include being an influencer on Instagram, waving to our youngest visitors, and exchanging postcards with his pen pals.
Cathy is a retired lawyer with two grown children and she lives in Darien with her husband, dog and cat. She enjoys reading literary fiction, memoirs, legal thrillers, detective mysteries and cookbooks. She also loves spending time with people she loves, bird-watching, animals, volunteering, and road trips.
Tiffany is a senior at Wilton High School with passions for swimming, making music, and of course, reading. Her favorite book genres include memoirs and realistic fiction. When she's not at the Library, you can find her at the park, the beach, and anywhere else dog-friendly, spending time with her dog Bindi.
Kerry is a busy lady with her family, her dog, a soft-coated Wheaton terrier, her love of babysitting, and most of all, her library. Kerry is an avid audiobook user “reading” all sorts of genres but mostly thrillers and mysteries.
Readers' Advisory Services
Pat is a big fan of audiobooks and is always happy to show people how easy it is to download a good audiobook from the digital content on Overdrive and Hoopla. A good narrator and a great story are the perfect pairings for a delightful listening experience! When she is not working at the Library, she is baking, gardening, or playing with her grand-dogs!
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.
Ann appreciates literary fiction that evokes place and time with well-developed characters. She is also a fan of historical fiction, thrillers, and memoirs.
Jill loves chatting with patrons about their latest reads! While she gravitates toward new fiction dramas, she enjoys a wide range of genres. An avid learner, she is always open to sharing her love of reading, diverse interests, and commitment to community engagement.
Colleen loves learning about people and places and hence has a particular interest in historical fiction. She's fascinated by the world around her and tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Her favorite hobbies are running with friends, gardening, and spending time with her family and dogs.
Tween & Teen Services
Mia is our resident teen wrangler. When she is not at the Library, she spends a lot of her time trying to find the best ice cream in Connecticut, going on real runs and Target runs, and of course, reading books. She’s open to reading anything but is most fond of YA realistic fiction and graphic novels with strong female characters.
Jenna is a new professional librarian ready to take on Teen Services! She loves to read horror, graphic novels, and any queer romance story, but will read anything from most genres. When not at the Library, she enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, watching TV shows, and playing with her dog, Darwin, and her cat, Luna. She also can speak Mandarin Chinese at an intermediate level.
User Experience & Technology
Kristen hasn't met a genre she hasn't liked, but poetry and magical realism are close to her heart. When she isn't in the library or nestled into a book, you can find her practicing photography, attending a hockey game (go Habs go!), or playing video games.
José is the new Technology Specialist who loves music and technology. When he isn't helping patrons or running around the library fixing things, you can find him writing songs or re-watching "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" for the fifth time.