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Rosemary Krol, Director of Hampstead Public Library
Merrily Samuels, Assistant Director and Reference Librarian
Devin Van Curen, Youth Services Librarian
Meet the Staff
Rosemary has been Library Director in Hampstead since 2015. She has her MSLIS from Simmons College and a Master of Public Administration from Governors State University. Rosemary volunteers twice a week as an Animal Ambassador at the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA where she feeds, nurtures, and plays with all the rescue animals, having an extra soft spot for the cat and goats. She and her husband live in Newburyport with their rescue dog Buffy who moved here from Puerto Rico when she was 2 years old. Rosemary enjoys many genres. Her favorite books are her husband Joel Brown’s Baxter novels. Other favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Funke, Stephen King and Pittacus Lore.
Merrily is originally from New York and is now a New Hampshire resident. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New England College in Henniker, NH and a Master of Library Science from SUNY at Albany. Merrily started at Hampstead Public Library in 2007 as Assistant Director and is responsible for the adult non-fiction collection, reference/computer assistance, and interlibrary loan. Merrily enjoys photography, yarn projects, and baking. Her personal reading preferences tend towards mysteries, funny novels and select non-fiction.
Devin has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA. In 2016, she began working at the library as our Youth Services Librarian and has come up with some wonderful kid-friendly programs. Devin has attained her black belt in Isshinryu Karate, an accomplishment requiring great discipline. Her reading interests include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Anne of Green Gables, and The Giver. She also enjoys reading a variety of nonfiction.
Marcia began working at HPL in 2005. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Northeastern University. A certified paralibrarian, her main tasks are cataloging all items into our online system and ordering juvenile novels and picture books. Marcia is a published author of several books for children and also enjoys art, music, history, theater, travel, audio books, and blogging. Her favorite reads include Miss Rumphius, Library Lion, The War That Saved My Life, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Invention of Wings, The Great Gatsby and many more from classics to contemporary.
Nancy began working at the Hampstead Library in 2006. She graduated from St. John's University in New York with a degree in pre-law and paralegal studies. She is Head of Circulation at the library and really enjoys ordering the adult and YA fiction as well as DVDs and books on CD. Nancy has been an avid reader since childhood and enjoys both fiction and non-fiction. Nancy has many hobbies, most of them in the fiber arts. She spins her own yarn and enjoys knitting and weaving, as well.
Janet joined the Library staff in 2007. She has a BA in English from Rutgers University. Previous employers include a Boston advertising design studio and a major medical company. Janet is the Adult Programming and Publicity Coordinator. In addition to planning programs for adults, she runs the Library’s Third Thursday Book Club, schedules artists to exhibit their work, and manages the museum pass program. She also writes press releases and creates marketing materials. Janet enjoys reading historical and literary fiction. Favorite authors include Louise Penny, Laurie King, and Libba Bray.
Kate has been the Information Technology Librarian at Hampstead since 2011. She has a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Library Science (June 2016). Aside from managing the tech in the library, she assists patrons with increasing their technology literacy. She prefers good old-fashioned ‘dead tree media’ AKA paper books, but has been spotted reading free ebooks/audiobooks on her phone. Usually her choices for reading are humorous, irreverent, and slightly offbeat fiction in the science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or historical genres. Her favorite book fluctuates between Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Marilyn is equipped with her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Elementary Reading degrees along with many extra credits towards her Masters in Early Childhood. Marilyn was a teacher for 30 years. Working at the library since 2012, her main duties are covering new books and repairing old ones, as well as manning the circulation desk. An avid camper and traveler for many years, her interests include physical fitness, kayaking, biking, gardening, and especially her four grandchildren. Her favorite books are beach reads, historical-based fiction, and children’s picture books.
Michelle has been working at the library since 2014 as a library assistant. Along with working at the main desk and teaching Excel programs, she is in charge of keeping the Tuesday circulating interlibrary loans organized. Michelle has her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern NH University and enjoys reading and relaxing with her husband and three cats. Her favorite older book is Grapes of Wrath and for a more recent title, she really enjoyed Tell the Wolves I’m Home.
Stephanie grew up in the UK and graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences. After a few years in scientific research she moved to Texas while her husband did a post-doctorate degree at UT, Austin. They moved to Hampstead in 1998 and Stephanie worked in the office at a local garden center for 11 years, then began working at the library in 2015. Here she helps with office administration, compiles statistics, and keeps up with patron records. Her reading interests include mysteries, police procedurals, and historical fiction.