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

Bethany Schmidt is our Community Technology Coordinator. She grew up in the Midwest and studied Political Science and Journalism at the University of Nebraska (go Huskers!). 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


Meg Donaldson is our Circulation Coordinator.  She was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor (BRES Class of ’03). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine in Psychology with a minor in History and Psi Chi. Meg has published research with Vincent Markowski in the Journal of Neurotoxicology and Teratology.  Before joining the Library in 2017, she spent 10 years working for organizations as a Behavioral Health Professional, Direct Support Professional, and Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA). Meg is a bibliophile and a nature lover. She has a beautiful son who lights up her world and who has taught her to slowwww down.  Meg has lived in Maine, Jamaica, and New York and has enjoyed trips to Canada, Europe and the West Indies.  She greatly looks forward to seeing you all! Email Meg at


Harolyn Hylton is our Assistant Director.  She has spent the last 30 years working in libraries and bookstores in the Boston and Washington D.C. areas. Harolyn enjoys road trips, walking, cooking, writing, reading, and herding cats. Email Harolyn 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



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.