The Kent Memorial Library Staff

Sarah Marshall
Library Director

Since her arrival in 2006, Sarah has held several roles at the Kent Memorial Library. She was Co –Director and Director of Children’s Services for 12 years, focusing on children’s and teen programs and collection management. Sarah became Director of the Library in 2018 and oversees all operations. A resident of Kent since 1995, Sarah and her husband live on the campus of the Marvelwood School where they met as teachers, married, and raised their two grown children. Sarah enjoys reading, fitness, cooking, gardening and New York Times Crossword puzzles.
Education
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Private School Leadership
Dickinson College, Bachelor of Arts

 

Brittany McAllister
Adult Programs and Special Events Director

Brittany joined the Kent Memorial Library staff in 2021, after managing development events for the New York Public Library. She is most happy when bringing together the community for engaging, meaningful conversation and new experiences. At the beginning of 2020 Brittany and her husband settled in West Cornwall just before having their son, Hugo. She is a lover of reading, dance, French language, and travel.

 
 

Lucy Pierpont
Graphic Designer
Woodbury resident, Lucy has worked part-time at the Kent Memorial Library since 2010 as the Marketing and Special Events Director. In January 2020 she passed her Director’s hat to Brittany McAllister, the new Marketing and Special Events Director. She is now serving as staff graphic designer for all Adult promotional and graphic materials. She has been a graphic designer since 1977 when she graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Her career began in a small ad agency during her senior year at Hartwick. She’s continued in the marketing/graphic design field ever since, beginning in the public relations department at the college, printing production and sales at A.C. Hampson Printing, Union City, CT; LCP Graphic Designs: her own marketing company in Waterbury, CT; and advertising production at the Litchfield County Times. Her other part-time job is in the Washington Depot Office of Klemm Real Estate doing graphic design & public relations. She enjoys the theatre, art, traveling and very long walks. She is married and has one cat.

 

 

Deborah Moerschell
Co-Director of Children’s Services
Debbie joined the Library as Co-Director of Children’s Services in 2020.  She has been a Kent resident since 2012.  She received her B.A. from Colby College and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She then spent 16 years at Sotheby’s Auction House, first in the Books & Manuscripts Department, and then in the Special Projects Department.  She enjoys reading,  mountain biking, and all outdoor activities that involve snow.

 

 

Mary Ellen Casey
Technical Services/Circulation Supervisor

Mary Ellen has been with the library since 2006, as head of Circulation and Technical Services. Before coming to the library she worked in children’s book publishing for twenty-five years. She first started coming to Kent as a weekender in 1980, and became a full-time resident in 1990. When not at the library she enjoys reading, spending time with her significant other, her three dogs, and cat, watching movies, and occasionally cooking. She has a BA in English Literature from Brown University.

 

 

 

Maria LaFontan
Administrative Secretary

Maria joined the library staff in 2014 and works part time managing the administrative bookkeeping, constituent records, and routine mailings associated with running our non-profit library. Maria and her husband, Vincent, live in Kent on Mountain View Farm and can often be found at the Kent and New Milford Farmers Markets selling their organic produce. Maria has a BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

 

 

Bethel Carlson
Circulation Assistant

Beth is a lifelong Litchfield County resident and has lived in Warren with her husband since 1983. A recently retired graphic artist, she is now pursuing the fine arts. Beth paints landscapes in oil and shows her paintings at local art organizations. In addition to painting, Beth enjoys growing perennials and reading biographies.
Beth attended Paier College of Art in Hamden and studied graphic design at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. Most recently she was employed by the The Litchfield County Times where she was involved in the production of many award-winning publications.
“The Kent Memorial Library is a wonderful place to work. I am surrounded by art and literature and have met so many nice people.”