Shelia has been the director of the Clapp Memorial Library since 2011. She is proud to direct The Clapp, which she feels is truly a community center, playing a key role in educating and engaging community members — starting with the very youngest. “By offering free programs and services to everyone, the Library enhances the quality of life in Belchertown. I love the enthusiasm of our user’s, and their appreciation of the services we offer is very gratifying”.
Tegan ManninoTechnical Services Librarian
Tegan started working at the Clapp Memorial Library in 2018, helping get new items out for everyone to borrow and answering computer questions. They read a bit of everything, but are partial to Science Fiction and Fantasy, so if that’s your style come and chat!
Jennifer Whitehead Head of Children's Services
Jennifer began work at The Clapp in 1996. Her reading interests run the gamut from wordless picturebooks to funny beginner readers to heart touching juvenile novels; but her favorite reads are probably young adult novels by John Green, Suzanne Collins, Gayle Forman, and Stephen Chbosky.
She finds her work to be rewarding, challenging, interesting, and never boring and says “I feel blessed to have a career that I truly love, working with and for people that have become such a part of my life”.
Ann KuchieskiHead of Circulation and Reference Services
Ann began working here in 1994 and reads all kinds of things, but especially enjoys mysteries, contemporary women’s fiction, and books on politics.
She enjoys working directly with the public and has loved meeting so many families throughout the years. “It’s amazing to see children who I first met as toddlers now all grown up!”
Keri KelleyLibrary Technician
Keri joined The Clapp staff in 2014. She reads chick lit (Emily Giffin and Beth Harbison are two favorites). Becoming acquainted with new books and new authors is a favorite part of the job, along with working with the public.
“I especially enjoy it when a patron comes back in and says they like a book I recommended. The sense of community stands out a lot more in a smaller library. Your patrons remember you and you remember the patrons.”
Mary SenecalLibrary Technician
Mary started working at The Clapp in 1998. Her favorite type of literature is historical fiction and works by the 19th century authors (Jane Austen is a favorite). Mary feels the Library is a great place to get away, adding “…There is no Frigate like a Book” (Emily Dickinson).
Greg joined the Library staff in 2013 and reads mysteries, adventure fiction, and political thrillers/suspense. He enjoys the challenge of helping to maintain one of Belchertown’s most unique buildings, working to make it as comfortable and pleasant as it can possibly be for our patrons and staff.