PAWLING, N.Y. -- Patrons at the Pawling Library have seen a new face in the last couple of weeks- their new library director, Brian Avery.
Avery, who lives in Patterson, previously served libraries in the greater Boston area, as well as in Florida as circulation supervisor, library technology information management supervisor and reference librarian.
Avery has a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Letters and Society from the University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.
He completed his Master of Science in Library and Information Sciences at Florida State University. He said he is a lifelong library fan.
"They provide access to such great information and because they belong to the entire community," Avery said. "People of every age and type not only are able to use the library, but also are able to help decide what the library should be like. I think libraries are amazing and I feel very privileged to be able to work for one."
Avery said the best part of his job is helping to change someone's life.
"It could be something small like finding a series of sci-fi books you really love or discovering a new hobby through a library event," Avery said. "Or it could be something big like learning English through an ESOL program or researching and training for a new career. Working at the library means you get to be a small part of a lot of people's lives, and that can be extremely rewarding."
Avery, like most librarians, is an avid reader. He is a big soccer fan and loves to travel.