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Bradbury-Carlin Tilton Library’s new director

  • Candace Bradbury-Carlin Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Candace Bradbury-Carlin

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Staff Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2018

SOUTH DEERFIELD – Candace Bradbury-Carlin had worked for years as a graphic designer when she had an epiphany.

She loved being in libraries, so, why not work in one?

She started volunteering, and she soon became employed as an assistant at different libraries, including Tilton Library in South Deerfield, where Bradbury-Carlin took over as director on Monday after two years of running the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately.

“I wasn’t really looking to leave Whately, but I’m a Deerfield resident, and I’ve also been involved in this library for a while. I worked part-time in different capacities over the years,” she said in her new office at 75 North Main St. “I’m an artist — I exhibited here. I was a workshop instructor a couple of times. And so, it kind of felt like I couldn’t not apply, and my job at the Whately library — as much as I loved it — it was a part-time job. It’s a smaller town, smaller library.”

Bradbury-Carlin, 52, said her responsibilities will entail collection development, fiscal management, staff management, program planning and working with library trustees and Friends of Tilton Library. Roughly 10 minutes into her new job, she got her first phone call — Mr Gutter, a gutter-cleaning service in Holyoke, needed to confirm the $300 price for the work a couple of employees were on their way to do.

The new director said she found out about the job opening from her predecessor, Sara Woodbury, who retired on Saturday after more than a dozen years.

“I’m filling some very big shoes, because she did an amazing job here,” Bradbury-Carlin said. “She was much beloved, and really did a lot for this library.”

Bradbury-Carlin said Tilton is, thanks to Woodbury, on track to receive from the state a matching grant for library expansion.

The state and the town would split the cost evenly. Tilton has started a capital campaign to generate donations to minimize the amount Deerfield taxpayers have to cover. Bradbury-Carlin estimates Tilton is two years away from receiving a grant.

“A lot of local libraries have already started to go down that path, so we have to wait for their projects to be completed,” she said.

She said in Whately, she was able to expand and diversify services, open a cafe in the basement community room and make the collections more digitally accessible.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.