Kelly Harris, former head of youth services and assistant director of the Amagansett Free Library, is now the director of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. I caught up with Kelly on Saturday when I found her at work at her desk, an iced coffee from a nearby coffee chain in her hands.
Kelly is a self-proclaimed library geek. If you have any doubt, “Just ask my husband,” she says. Kelly makes him stop at every library they pass while vacationing, and they’ve visited libraries from Vermont to Hawaii.
Kelly has worked in libraries since she was a teen. Her first job was as a page at the Mattituck-Laurel Library. Before she knew it, Kelly was done with college and working full time at the library doing anything that needed to be done: covering all three service desks, working on promotional materials, and conducting storytime. Barbara Moore always joked that she was trying to “grow a librarian,” and that’s exactly what she, Karen Letteriello, and others at Mattituck-Laurel accomplished.
During her last semester of library school, Kelly somehow managed to work full time, attend the Palmer school full time, complete an internship at the Amagansett Free Library, plan her wedding, and move to Greenport. After her internship, Kelly was hired as the children’s and YA librarian at Amagansett and later became assistant director. Cynthia Young was a mentor to Kelly and – knowing Kelly’s goal to become a library director – did everything she could to prepare Kelly for the job.
Kelly is thrilled to be director of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, and is looking forward to filling the newly renovated library with programs and materials reflective of the Sagaponack and Bridgehampton community. The Fridays at Five program kicks off with Arlene and Alan Alda on July 1st. Alan will be talking about his book Things I Overlooked While Talking to Myself and Arlene will be discussing her children’s book Lulu’s Piano Lesson.
Stop by and visit Kelly at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton this summer. As she says in her first edition of From the Director’s Desk in the newsletter Library Link: “my door is always open.”