OSSINING, N.Y. – After a nationwide search, the Ossining Public Library has named Karen LaRocca-Fels the new director of the library, effective Sept. 1.
LaRocca-Fels received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and went on to fall in love with library work while working at the Monroe Free Library in Monroe, New York. She continued her education and received a master’s degree in library science from SUNY Albany followed by a certificate in public library administration through the Long Island University’s Palmer School.
LaRocca-Fels worked at the Kent Library in Kent Lake, New York as assistant director and then as director. She then went on to become the assistant director at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, New York, where she worked to expand the library’s outreach within its diverse community and to improve personnel management.
In 2009, she was appointed director of the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, New York, where she implemented a long-range plan and worked to enhance library programs and services. She has served as treasurer and then president of the New York Library Association’s Public Libraries Section.
The Ossining Public Library is a school district library chartered by the State of New York to serve all residents of the Ossining School District. As a member of the Westchester Library System, it also provides services to a larger community.