Jen Betts is our Children’s Coordinator.  She attended Florida State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She spent the first part of her career working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in public schools. She grew up in a small town library and always dreamed of working in one. She got her wish 11 years ago and has worked in libraries ever since!  She is often found with her nose in a book and a very large stack of books to be read!  She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, and knitting. Email Jen at youth(at)

Bethany Schmidt is our Programs and Technology Manager. She grew up in the Midwest and studied Political Science and Journalism at the University of Nebraska. Before joining BHML, she worked in environmental education, most recently at nonprofits in Seattle. Bethany grew up as a library rat and had (let’s be honest—still has) a propensity for borrowing way too many books at once. She is a fierce advocate of access to knowledge. Bethany loves baking Challah, birding, learning scientific plant names and doing the NYT crossword. Email Bethany at tech(at)

John Nunan is our Development & Marketing Coordinator. He grew up in England (still has the accent) and studied Fine Art at the Bournville School of Design. John relocated to Boothbay from Costa Rica just prior to the pandemic. He has run his own marketing consulting business for many years and enjoys all aspects of web development, podcasting and editing video. In his “spare time” John loves songwriting, playing drums, painting and exploring the region with his family. Email John at development(at)

Joanna Breen, MSLIS, is our Executive Director.  She was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Documentary Studies at the College of Santa Fe, NM.  In 2012 she graduated with honors from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  Before joining the staff at BHML Joanna worked and volunteered in all kinds of libraries from private to prison.  Joanna is an advocate for the role of libraries and intellectual freedom in the pursuit of social justice and is dedicated to supporting vibrant, connected, and inquisitive communities.  She enjoys photography, writing, cooking (eating), and falling asleep during movies. Email Joanna at director(at)



Plus, our many and wonderful volunteers!  The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library relies on volunteers to help us with our mission to serve the Boothbay Peninsula.  Volunteers help with daily and routine tasks, special events, annual fundraisers, programs, and more.