Sad/Happy News from the Walpole Library

This week Justine Fafara, our amazing Library Director for the last 5 years let me know she would be leaving The Bridge Memorial Library to further her career at the Richards Free Library in Newport, NH.  Justine came to our library in 2015 and has fearlessly led the library through expansion of our programming and our building. Less visible to the public was her collaboration with other state and local libraries to increase access to e-books and programs.  Justine also kept the staff busy and the community served during a global pandemic.  We will miss her dearly, but look forward to seeing her visit often as a patron!

The trustees will be assembling a committee to lead the search for a new Library Director.

Justine’s last day will be on July 29th.  Until we hire a new Library Director, Chris Burchstead and Julie Rios will be dividing the leadership duties with support from the board of trustees.  Julie will be the main point of contact for you.

I know you will join me in congratulating Justine on her new position in Newport. Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be reached through email at

Thank You,

Amy Howard

Chair, Board of Trustees

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