Staff

Jane Wallace is our Circulation Coordinator. She grew up in Boothbay Harbor and graduated from Boothbay Region High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of New England and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Maine. In 2021, following a thirty-six year career, she retired from the Boothbay Region School System. She has been a patron of BHML since elementary school, and she still uses the three-digit library card number that belonged to her family. Jane lives with her cat, Lily, in a house with perennial gardens and lots of books. Email Jane at circ(at)bbhlibrary.org.

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)bbhlibrary.org

Bethany Schmidt is our Programs & 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 outreach 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)bbhlibrary.org.

Savannah Fields is our Development Manager. She grew up in South Portland and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration and English in 2019 from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA. She spent one unforgettable semester studying at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, appreciating its awe-inspiring architecture, art museums, and the Book of Kells! Outside of work, Savannah enjoys reading fiction novels, going on walks with a podcast in her ear, cooking new recipes, getting crafty, and being amongst friends, family, and animals. Email Savannah at development(at)bbhlibrary.org.

Sandy Paxson is our Office Manager. Sandy grew up in Philadelphia and earned her paralegal certification at Penn State prior to her family moving to Boothbay Harbor in 1996. She worked at the local branch of The First before moving to Griffin Law Office, where she was employed as a paralegal for 20 years. She is a strong advocate of quality education and small towns. In her free time, Sandy likes to keep herself busy with family and friends, road trips, thrifting, and of course, reading. Her bad habit is having too many books or projects going at the same time! Email Sandy at finance(at)bbhlibrary.org

Joanna Breen, MLIS, 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)bbhlibrary.org.

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.

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