Lesley Kimball, Library Director

The library is proud to announce its new director is Lesley Kimball, formerly assistant director of outreach services who joined the staff in July of 2022. She was the unanimous choice of the search committee. She was previously the Library Director in Stratham, New Hampshire for the past 23 years and before that was a children’s librarian, a teen services librarian, and a reference librarian. She brings experience with budgeting, grant writing, civic engagement, reader’s advisory, strategic planning, and outreach services. Lesley and her former library have been voted New Hampshire Library and New Hampshire Librarian of the year, and that library was one of 14 library finalists across the country that were recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the National Medal. She loves trying new (spicy!) recipes, is an avid reader, and a published poet.

Lesley had known former library director, the late Becky Herrmann, personally and professionally for over 30 years. The two had started out as librarians in neighboring towns in New Hampshire and always hoped that they’d be able to work together. When Lesley interviewed for the assistant director position last year, Becky and the administrative team knew she was the right choice. The Library Board of Trustees is also confident that she will be a passionate leader and able successor as Director. The entire library is continuing to work hard through this transition to bring our community the services and resources that they love.