Michelle Sampson - Michelle has a BA and MA in English from Millersville University of PA as well as an MLIS from the University of Michigan (and the student loans to prove it all). While working as an archivist, she began moonlighting as a reference librarian in the Needham (MA) Public Library. It felt like home and she soon made the leap from archives to full-time librarianship. She worked as an Assistant Director at the Dover (MA) Public Library for several years before relocating to Milford, NH to become Director of the Wadleigh Memorial Library for the next 11 years. Having grown up with her sister, landlocked on a 3rd generation dairy farm in Pennsylvania, she didn’t know what she was missing until she saw the ocean for the first time. It wasn’t long before she made it her mission to one day live by the sea. She currently lives in Wells where she enjoys taking her German shepherd Henry (named after Thoreau…once an English major…) for walks on the beach.
Kim Erickson Myers - Kim started at YPL in August 2008. Prior to that, she served as the Library Assistant at South Berwick Public Library for 5 years. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She feels passionate about public libraries and their importance to their communities and has been involved for over 20 years with the Berwick Public Library as a volunteer, Friend, and board member. She lives in Berwick.
Kathleen Whalin - Kathleen has been a librarian for more than 25 years. She has served as a children’s librarian in West Virginia, Connecticut and Ohio, and taught children’s literature while in graduate school. She holds a Ph.D. in Children’s Literature and Education. Her interests include good children’s books (naturally), reading murder mysteries, needlework and raising puppies that will become service dogs.
Sophie Smith - Sophie joined the library in August 2018, after finally returning to her home state of Maine. A native of Cumberland, Sophie went to Kenyon College in Ohio to get a BA in History and Spanish, and later went on to get her MLS at Simmons College in Boston. She has worked as a library assistant at the Cambridge (MA) Public Library, the Nashua (NH) Public Library as a reference librarian and then supervisor of teen services, and as an assistant branch manager at the San Antonio (TX) Public Library. After missing family, fall, and the ocean, she returned to Maine and couldn’t be happier to now be working in York. Sophie lives with her husband and young son in Kennebunk. She loves to travel, read, and enjoy nature.
Katie Arey - Katie joined the York Public Library in November 2016. She earned a M.A. in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2008. She began her journey as an Assistant Children’s Librarian at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. She loves working with children and their families, and thoroughly enjoys helping them discover all of the wonderful resources the library has to offer. Katie lives in South Berwick with her family. Her interests include reading picture books, knitting, and transforming her scraggly front yard into a glorious edible landscape.
Jane Siviski - Jane began working for York Public Library in August of 2019 as the Development and Marketing Coordinator, a new position for the library. Before that, she worked for Midcoast Humane, a mid-sized non-profit animal shelter in Brunswick, Maine, in multiple capacities, most recently as Marketing Manager, and prior to that, as Development and Marketing Coordinator. She grew up in Yarmouth, Maine, and holds a degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, she discovered her passion for nonprofit culture (being surrounded by adorable shelter animals certainly helped) as well as a fondness for graphic design, databases, digital marketing, and generally tackling any new challenge as part of a wonderful team. As a lifelong lover of libraries, she’s happy to be part of the YPL team to serve another cause dear to her heart. Jane lives in Eliot with her fiancé, Dave, and their very large, very fluffy gray cat, Muffy. Jane enjoys opera, British detective shows, and good coffee (and welcomes recommendations for where to get a great local cup!).
Sudie Blanchard - With an MLS from the University of Michigan, Sudie began her library career at the University of Cincinnati in 1971. When life brought her to New England, she fell in love with public libraries and served in them in Wellesley, MA, Westwood, MA and Greenwich, CT. In 2001, Sudie became the Assistant Director at YPL and served in that capacity until 2008. She continued to work part-time until she retired in 2012. After a 4 year hiatus as a hospital chaplain, she has returned as a part-time librarian, proving that you can take the librarian out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the librarian! Sudie lives in York and loves to sing and sew.
Barb Bourgoine -Barb Bourgoine joined York Public Library in September 2018 after serving youth at Portsmouth Public Library for 9 years and volunteering at YPL for several years. She earned a BS degree at University of Maine at Farmington and had various health education roles before traveling onto the yellow brick road. Off work time, most days are spent with active teens, her husband and neighborhood friends. Down time includes immersing in young adult fiction, researching genealogy, cheering on the Patriots and stints to NH lakes region.
Jeanine Means - Jeanine joined the library staff in August 2005. She previously worked at Coastal Ridge Elementary School library. Originally from Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University and worked in publishing as a book designer and illustrator. Her family has lived in York since 1995. She enjoys painting, drawing and all outdoor activities.
Michele Bertolini - Michele began working at the York Public Library in 2007. Before that, she was home raising her children. She has a Bachelors degree in writing from Concord University and enjoys reading, boating, scrapbooking and gardening. She lives in Cape Neddick with her husband Garret, a York native, her two children and her two rescued beagles.
Bridget Carr - Bridget joined the library in Spring, 2017. Previously she worked at Rice Public Library for two years and the Portsmouth Public Schools for 10 years. Bridget has a BS in Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Education from University of Massachusetts where she hails from Dorchester.