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Meet the Tolland Library Circulation Assistants!

As National Library Week wraps up today, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants to thank the staff of the library and have you get to know the library’s circulation assistants.

Amanda Doughty
Years in library service: 2 years at the Tolland library and a volunteer at the Birch Grove School Library Media Center 4 years ago
Favorite Book as a grown-up: “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
Favorite Children’s Book: “The Missing Piece” by Shel Silverstein
Fun Fact: Before getting a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, she studied Communications/Television Production and worked at Nickelodeon Studios in New York City

Marci James
Years in library service: 22 years at the Tolland library
Favorite Book: The C.J. Box Joe Pickett detective stories
Fun Fact: She enjoys taking photographs of landscapes and wildlife

Nicole Gildersleeve
Years in library service: 1.5 years, with 3 months at the Tolland Public Library
Favorite Book: The Harry Potter series
Fun Fact: Nicole has the same birthday as Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling)

Brandon Usher
Years in library service: 2 1/2 years
Favorite Book: “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen
Fun Fact: Brandon created the Tolland Tabletop Game Group

Meet Another Member of the Tolland Public Library Staff

During National Library Week, the Tolland Public Library Foundation would like you to meet members of the library staff.

Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand
Years in library service: 
10 years working in the library field and the past 1.5 years at Tolland
Favorite Book: “Black Wave” by Kim Ghattas
Fun Fact: Has been shooting portrait and cosplay photography for seven years


Meet the Tolland Public Library Staff

Since it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, the Tolland Public Library Foundation wants you to get to know library staff.

Library Director Barbara Pettijohn
Years in library service: 9 years at the Tolland library and 20 years at libraries before that
Favorite Book: “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihira
Fun Facts: She and her best friend plan on completing their fourth leg of their Route 66 odyssey in 2022

Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary

Years in library service: has worked the past five months at the Tolland library, and four and a half years at other libraries
Favorite Book: “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
Fun Facts: He appeared in an episode of “Breaking Bad” and worked on a Hype Williams video with Busta Rhymes and T-Pain

Lunch is on the Foundation on National Library Workers Day!

On National Library Workers Day today, the Tolland Public Library Foundation treated the hard-working staff of the library to lunch and cookies from Maddie’s Cookie Co.
Lunch was delivered by Foundation President Linda Byam and Treasurer Jan Rubino.
Pictured at right are Linda and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn; Photos by Jan Rubino.

Tuesday, April 6 is National Library Workers Day!

     To celebrate National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 6, stop by the Tolland Public Library and show your appreciation for Library Director Barbara Pettijohn and her dedicated staff, shown here, left to right in the back row: Library Technical Coordinator Kelly Marchand; Children’s/Young Adult Librarian Andy Geary; Circulation Assistant Brandon Usher and Library Director Barbara Pettijohn; front row, left to right: Circulation assistants Nicole Gildersleeve, Amanda Doughty and Marci James.
     Together, the staff has more than 35 years of combined experience working at the Tolland Library.
     If you can’t stop by, show your appreciation in an email to or on the Tolland Public Library’s Facebook page.