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Peterborough names new library director; welcome event planned Monday

Corinne Chronopoulos of Wilton has been named the new director of the Peterborough Town Library by the Board of Trustees. She will begin work in mid-June.

“The board is very pleased to welcome Corinne. We will introduce her to the public on Monday, March 24, in the large library meeting room, beginning at 10:30 a.m.,” said Marcia Patten, trustees chair.

Chronopoulos is scheduled to speak and answer questions from the public. Coffee and pastry will be available.

Chronopoulos succeeds Michael Price, who will be retiring in June after 14 years on the job in Peterborough and a total of 30 years as a library director.

“The new library director is starting at an exciting time for the town library. As we look toward a new or renovated building, we also envision a library with more diverse digital services. Corinne has a passion for innovative library services and has been highly successful in community outreach. She will be a great ambassador for the library,” Patten said.

Chronopoulos said, “I am honored to accept the position. I am especially excited to work with the talented library staff, to learn from them, and to respond to patron needs the best we can with our current building, as well as planning for future improvements and expansion.”

Currently, Chronopoulos is director of Pelham Public Library, where she also has served as adult services librarian. Previously, she provided reference services at Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, Boston.

She is vice president of the Reference and Adult Services section of the N.H. Library Association. She has a Master’s degree in library science from Simmons Graduate School of Information and Library Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire.

A New Hampshire native, she grew up in Hudson.

“Peterborough is a special town. I have been coming here regularly to participate in community events for years,” said Chronopoulos, who plans to move to Peterborough with her family later this year. Her husband, Charlie Chronopoulos, is an active freelance musician. The couple has a son, Counsel, 2.

Patten said the Library Director Search Group conducted a search that attracted 49 resumes from across the country. Members of the search group, in addition to Patten, were trustee Ron Bowman and alternate trustee Deb Caplan, former trustee Ronnie McIntire and Town Administrator Pam Brenner. Both Caplan and Brenner have wide experience in recruitment, Patten said.

Other trustees are Randy Brown, Frank Karlicek and David Weir, who is chair of the 1833 Society, which is responsible for planning and funding a new or renovated library.

For more information about the library and the 1833 Society, go to peterboroughtownlibrary.org. or www.townofpeterborough.com and click on town departments/Peterborough Town Library.

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