On May 10, the Chatham Public Library welcomed Jen McCreery as its new director. McCreery comes to Chatham from the Desmond-Fish Public Library in Garrison, NY, where she was library director for the past seven years.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the Chatham community and creating a warm and welcoming space for everyone who walks through our doors,” McCreery said. “Libraries play an important role in connecting our patrons to both resources and to one another, so as things start to open again post-pandemic, my priority will be to fully reopen our building to the public as quickly and as safely as we can.”
You could say being a librarian runs in McCreery’s blood; her grandmother was a library director and her mother and aunt worked in libraries too. Along with a decade’s worth of experience, McCreery holds an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from Long Island University and a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College.
She also has a background in theatre, having been an associate company manager for the Radio City Rockettes, with whom she toured internationally for seven years, and as company manager for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, traveling and meeting people around the planet. She currently lives in Dutchess County and, together with her partner, is looking for a home closer to Chatham.
Chatham’s Board of Education appointed McCreery in March to replace former library director Julie DeLisle, who retired earlier this year. Her appointment followed an extensive search and recommendation process conducted by a selection committee of library representatives and Chatham Central School District administrators.