Chester Springs Library Names New Director

Nancy Niggel was recently named the new director of the Chester Springs Library. She succeeds Nancy McLaughlin, who retired in August after serving the library for 10 years.

Niggel said she heard about the position on the Chester County Library System's website, where job opportunities are listed. After applying, she was interviewed by the library's board of trustees.

Niggel has years of experience working in libraries. Most recently, she was a reference librarian at the Chester County Library in Exton. Prior to that, she was the children's librarian at the Royersford Free Library in Montgomery County for 13 years.

Niggel, who received her master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University, said she enjoyed her time as a reference librarian, as her role involved helping people navigate the library's resources.

"When I left Royersford, I wanted to be a reference librarian. It's like readers' services," she explained. "(I would help with) anything that anybody had a question about - how to use the databases, how to search for materials in the catalog or if (they were) doing a research project and wanted personal help.

"One of my jobs at Chester County Library was to make sure everyone knew all the resources the library had to offer and how to use them," she added.

Her decision to apply for the director position in Chester Springs was based on her love of small libraries. "Royersford is a small library, Chester County is a huge library and this is a little library," she said. "I really like the little libraries because I can be involved in everything. I can do children's (programs) and help with adult reference."

As the new director at Chester Springs Library, her goal is to add programs for patrons of all ages. "I want to add a lot more children's programming and family programming so that we can increase our foot traffic," said Niggel. "After I get (acclimated), I would like to do some more adult classes in the afternoons and on the weekends to teach people how to use the databases and the e-resources like the e-books and downloads."

In her new position, Niggel gets to oversee the staff and volunteers and manage the library budget. "I also get to do all of the collection development," she added.

Niggel was introduced to the public during a reception on Nov. 8. In attendance at the event were patrons, staff members, volunteers, community members and West Pikeland Township supervisors. "The board gave me an open house and it was open to the public, and we had close to 70 or 80 people drop in," she said.

The public is encouraged to visit the library to meet the director and view the building's holiday decorations that were put up by volunteers.

Chester Springs Library is located at 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs, in the village of Historic Yellow Springs. For more information, readers may call 610-827-9212, email cslibrary@ccls.org or visit http://www.chesterspringslibrary.org or http://www.facebook.com/ChesterSpringsLibrary.

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