SHELTON, Conn. — Joan Stokes, who has 26 years of library experience, has taken charge as the director of the Plumb Memorial and Huntington Branch Libraries.
She is a Connecticut native, having grown up in Middlebury, where she and her husband still reside.
Stokes was assistant head librarian/children’s librarian for many years in Southbury and has also worked at the Oxford Library as children’s/teen librarian, at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield as a library consultant, and as an adjunct professor in literature at Southern Connecticut State University. She also served as the state chairman for the Nutmeg Book Award.
In her free time, Stokes enjoys travel and classical music performances and is a member of the Connecticut Choral Society.
Stokes replaces Elspeth “Essie” Lydon, who retired last year after 17 years as the city’s director of libraries.
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