Contact Our Library Staff
To contact any staff:
Rosemary Krol, Director of Hampstead Public Library
Merrily Samuels, Assistant Director and Reference Librarian
Jenn MacLeod, 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.
Jenn is the Youth Services Librarian. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in University Studies focusing on Family History Research and English with a concentration in Child Development. She loves creating programs and finding the best new books for kids of all ages. Jenn loves to travel and adventure in nature with her husband and four children. Her favorite books tend to be historical fiction, but she also enjoys the occasional mystery or YA read. She enjoys a wide variety of children’s literature ranging from Elephant and Piggie to Harry Potter.
Sue joined the library in 2020 as a library assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Northeastern University and received her Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certification in 2020 (look for her meditation classes at the library). She has lived in Hampstead for 16 years with her family and in her spare time enjoys walking in nature, spending time with family, meditation and reading. Her reading interests are varied and she reads just about anything including current affairs, non-fiction, science fiction/fantasy, book club fiction and beach reads.
|Julie joined the library in 2021 as the Communications and Adult Programming Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a double minor in Film and English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently studying towards her Master of Information and Library Science degree. She recently moved to New Hampshire after living in Los Angeles and New York City for a number of years, where she worked in film development and acquisitions. Julie loves to travel, with highlights including India, Iceland, France and the Czech Republic. She likes to read thrillers, contemporary fiction, and YA fiction.|
|Janet joined the Library staff in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University. Previous employers include a Boston advertising design studio and a major medical company. Janet is currently the Head of Circulation. In addition to managing the adult fiction and magazine collections, she writes press releases and e-newsletters, and runs the Library’s Third Thursday Book Club. Janet enjoys reading historical and literary fiction. Favorite authors include Louise Penny, Laurie King, and Diana Gabaldon.|
|Kate has been the Information Technology Librarian at Hampstead since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Library Science degree. 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.|
|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.|
Emily began working at the library in 2017 as a page. She is now studying biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire and plans to graduate in the spring of 2022. When not in class, she returns to work part time, helping run the desk and work on projects. In her spare time, she tends to pick up a paint brush or a wrench, working on a piece of art or fixing her car. She is often found driving along the coast with her best friend and dog, Odie, in the passenger seat. Emily’s reading preferences include a broad range of fiction. She recently enjoyed reading The Midnight Library and The Silent Patient as have many library patrons.