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March 26, 2014

Pelham recruiting new library director

Pelham launches yet another search

PELHAM — Pelham Public Library trustees are searching for a new director for the second time in two years.

Corinne Chronopoulos is leaving become the new director of the Peterborough Town Library in June.

Chronopoulos, whose husband, Charlie, is a musician, said Peterborough is an artist community.

“It’s a good fit for our family,” she said.

She was the adult services librarian in 2012 when trustees tapped her to succeed Robert Rice Jr.

Rice resigned after his conviction in Massachusetts for stealing more than $200,000 from his former library in Revere.

The troubles had nothing to do with Pelham, but it made for a difficult time for the library.

“I think it was a down time for our image and our brand,” Chronopoulos said. “But I knew the staff was doing a great job. We came out of it pretty fast.”

Trustees chairman Lori Adams said Chronopoulos did a great job getting the library through those troubled days.

“She’s gotten us past that difficult time,” Adams said.

Former trustee Diane Chubb said Chronopoulos had a great rapport with her staff and understood their strengths.

“Then she brought in Annie Seiler, who is a master of programming and reaching the community at all different levels,” Chubb said.

Chubb didn’t expect Chronopoulos, 31, would stay long in Pelham.

“Somebody with her ambition, skills and talents was destined to move onto bigger and better things,” Chubb said.

Expanded programming that has made the library a community center is something of which Chronopoulos is proud.

“There is always something going on here,” she said. “We’re seeing 55 new patrons each month.”

Use of the library is up.

“Corinne has done an outstanding job as library director,” Adams said. “She has raised community awareness of what the library has to offer, and instituted a number of initiatives to increase our services to patrons, including establishing a business center at the library to provide resources for local businesses.”

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