New librarian for St. Croix Public Library in St. Stephen

Sari Green/Courier Kaitlin McClary is the new acting library director for the St. Croix Public Library in St. Stephen. Originally from Saint Andrews, McClary said she is happy to be once again living and working in Charlotte County.

St. Stephen  – With the retirement of Elva Hatt from the St. Croix Public Library, many wondered who would be able to fill her shoes as library director.

But, in stepped Kaitlin McClary, who took-up the position of acting library director early in September. McClary said she had just finished her library studies degree, and was looking for a job in the field. Originally from Saint Andrews, she decided this was a great opportunity to come back to Charlotte County.

McClary initially had a Bachelor’s degree in English Classics from Mount Allison University, which she said on one hand is a useless degree, but on the other, helped her with her research skills, which were greatly needed for her to earn a Master’s degree in Library Sciences.

McClary called this degree a great head start to her future career. She recently received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. Her studies there included studying informational science, children’s books, and other library-related research skills.

In the time between attending Mount Allison and Western, McClary said she spent a couple of years in England, working at a library in London.

“Libraries have been my passion for a long while now, which is one of the reasons why I’m so excited to be here at the St. Croix Public Library.”

When asked how she was getting along in her new position, McClary said she has been very busy trying to get organized, and that everyone has been very supportive as she settled in. She knows she has some pretty big shoes to fill, but feels confident that she can get the job done and play an important role within the community.

“Elva did a lot for the community,” said McClary. “I hope I can live up to that. I’m glad to be here, and look forward to being St. Stephen’s new librarian.”