After a lengthy search, the board of trustees of the Great Neck Library has announced that Jane Marino, currently director of the Bronxville Public Library, has accepted the position of director to commence on Feb. 9.
Great Neck Library Board of Trustees and new Library Director Jane Marino (l. to r.): Norman Rutta, Marietta DiCamillo, Jane Marino, Martin H. Sokol, Linda Cohen, Anna Kaplan, Andrew Greene.
Ms. Marino spoke with the Record by phone and expressed her enthusiasm and eagerness to assume her duties, begin to meet library patrons and work with the staff. She said, "When I visited the Great Neck library and the branches, I noticed the interactions of the staff with the public and I could see that they take pride in what they do." Ms. Marino was originally interested in applying for the position based on the positive comments about our library system and the supportive community from former Great Neck librarians.
While Ms. Marino brings years of experience as a director and as a children's librarian, she is also an author with three books focused on programming for children. Ms. Marino says that she is committed to special programming for all ages and is proud that during her 5 years at Bronxville, the circulation increased and many seniors were taught by volunteers to become computer literate.
Ms. Marino was the children's librarian at White Plains from '89 to '94 and worked at the Scarsdale Library from '94 to 2003 when she took the position at Bronxville.
The Bronxville Library is a municipal library and its seven- member board is appointed by the mayor of the Village of Bronxville. It serves a community of 6500 people and has 21 staff members. The library, situated in a Georgian mansion celebrated its centennial this past year which Ms. Marino says was enhanced by the Friends of the Library, a foundation that raises funds to amplify the library's programming.
A quick visit to the Bronxville Library website gives a glimpse of activities, such as a library blogsite and an enticing local history site.
While Ms. Marino has not served as a director during a major library renovation, she knows other directors in the New York City and Westchester library systems who have experience with major construction projects and she is confident that she could glean helpful information from them.
She says, "I think I bring a fresh pair of eyes" to the renovation and she would want to bring creative solutions to keeping the services of the library functioning during any transition periods.
Ms. Marino concluded, "I'm looking forward to meeting everyone."
The board of trustees has planned a reception for the public on Sunday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. to welcome Ms. Marino to Great Neck at the Main Library.