Library Director - Donna Bunker
Teen Librarian - Jena Zarnowski
Technology Librarian - Valerie Twombly
Library Assistant - Diane Kizirian
Library Assistant - Annette Blake
Library Sub - Deanna MacNaughton
Library Aide - Sharon Young
Library Aide - Miranda Avery
Chair - Ann Kelley
Secretary - Margaret Walker
Treasurer - Norma Heroux
Alternate - Lorna Patey
Alternate - Pat Bondelevitch
“I feel very strongly that change is good because it stirs up the system.” Ann Richards
On that note, we are definitely stirring up the library system! Last year we said goodbye to Lynne Young then Danielle Fortin; last month we said goodbye to Amy Denham. Goodbyes are always sad, but saying hello to new staff and welcoming back a familiar face helps to make the whole process a little easier. Since we have had so many changes, we want to take this opportunity to introduce (or re-introduce as the case may be) our library staff.
Library Director Donna Bunker will soon celebrate 25 years in the same position. Donna attended two years of college in New York then transferred to what is now known as Granite State College and eventually completed the library certification program. Donna started working at the library back in 1987 when it was still one room and she was the only employee. Although the library has changed dramatically over the years, one thing that remains the same is the joy shared when library patrons find the right book or the right item or the right answer. Donna has lived in Northwood since 1985 with her husband and has two children and a variety of animals: cats, dogs, cows, pigs, chickens, and goats! She loved the Trixie Belden mysteries when she was young but now has too many favorite books and authors to list! Her favorite hobby is reading (surprise!) and she likes to enjoy watching basketball games and scorekeeping when her husband coaches.
Our new Teen Librarian. The Chesley Memorial Library staff and trustees are very happy to welcome new Teen Librarian Jena Zarnowski! Jena is 26 years old and has lived in the Northwood/Nottingham area for almost twenty years. She is an alumnus of Coe-Brown and Great Bay Community College. She has an Associates degree in Teaching and a certificate in Special Education. She is currently working on her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Granite State College. Jena has worked as a Special Ed Paraprofessional at Northwood School for six years and looks forward to being an art teacher in the future, Jena’s hobbies are scrapbooking, reading good books, painting, drawing, hiking, camping, kayaking, and traveling.
Our new Library Aide, Sharon Young has worked at Coe Brown Academy since 2001. Sharon has two children and a grand child. Sharon started as a Library substitute and accepted the position of Saturday Library Aide. Her expertise in the educational arena make Sharon a great asset to your Northwood public library.
Library Assistant Diane Kizirian started her library career as a sub, moved into a Library Aide position in 2011, and now works as our Library Assistant. Diane has lived in Northwood for twenty years; her three children are grown and she has three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and sister. She enjoys baking, reading, and kayaking. If she looks familiar, you might have seen her at Northwood School where she was a special education aide for many years. She was also very involved in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Feel free to ask Diane for book suggestions!
We welcomed back Library Assistant Annette Blake this year with great enthusiasm; many patrons have enjoyed seeing Annette behind the circulation desk once again. Annette and her husband have lived in Northwood since 1998; she has two grown children and a daughter at the Northwood School. In addition to the library, Annette also works at Northwood Congregational Church in an administrative capacity. She was thrilled to return to the library and loves seeing familiar faces and making new acquaintances. Annette enjoys reading a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. In her spare time, she enjoys yard work, traveling, and time with family and friends.
Library Aide Carla Neal joined our staff in March. Carla, A native Vermonter, moved to Northwood in 2006 with her husband and two teenage boys. An avid reader since she was four, Carla worked at her small town library and the high school library during her teen years. Her favorite hobby is escapism through reading while sitting on the beach. She reads everything- fiction and nonfiction except for romance and western novels. In her free time, you will find her spending time with her family and friends (usually with a book in her hands). She graduated from Southern NH University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing and worked in the advertising, health insurance, banking, pension, and 401(k) administration industries.
Library Aide Deanna MacNaughton started working for us in May 2011. She attends Sant Bani School and looks forward to going to college in the fall in pursuit of an early Childhood Education degree. She frequently helps with our children’s programs, such as the make-and-take craft sessions, and loves every minute of it. We asked Deanna to pick out her favorite genre of books and/or favorite author but she let us know she could never choose! She usually has her nose in a book. She told us this was an amazing place to work and that she was going to miss us dearly when she leaves this fall but the truth is, we will miss her just as much.
Library Tech Valerie Twombly started working for us in February 2012. She brings 15+ years of expertise working in technology and with computers. A Communications professional, Graphic Designer and Webmaster she excels as a promoter of collaborative thinking and communication. She has managed website development and social media campaigns. Valerie is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. She has always enjoyed being able to relax with a good book since she learned how to read.
"A library can open up world’s you wouldn’t ordinarily think of visiting. How can you not become part of your library with audio, e-books and books in print to enjoy. Come and visit us, your library at Northwood – CML!"