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HOLLIS – The Hollis Social Library has named Laura England as director.

England is the former director of the Goodwin Library in Farmington. She brings more than a decade of experience in libraries, including programs targeted at the teen population.

A meet and greet will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the meeting room.

"We were very impressed with Laura’s management track record of creativity and rich experience delivering library services," said Robert Bartis, chairman of the Hollis Social Library board of trustees.

"Programs are a cornerstone of our community library, and her knowledge of the young adult and teen population will be a great asset to our library."

England will supervise all of the library staff and the strategy for collection development, programming, and overall library and building operations. She will work with the staff to plan and deliver the 2016 Summer Reading Program for adults and youths with the theme "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read."

"The staff was immediately impressed with Laura’s enthusiasm, communication and leadership skills," said Tanya Griffith, circulation and adult services librarian. "We are looking forward to introducing her to our wonderful community of patrons and collaborating on ways to expand the reach of services we offer to all age groups."

England holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine, Orono, and a master’s degree in library science from Clarion University.

In her most recent role, she navigated the library through significant logistical changes and built relationships with the local community.

Her extensive youth experience includes allocating funding for a new youth library and overseeing the strategy, collection and technology development.

"As a lifelong learner and an avid reader," England said, "I am passionate about providing access to quality media in every format, and as a people person, I feel it is extremely important for the library to be viewed and utilized as a community center, as well as in its traditional role.

"Public libraries are a foundation for the community, and I feel that in order for that community to be cohesive, there must be a thriving and vibrant library at its center."