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Mamaroneck, Larchmont Libraries Get New Directors

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Susan Riley and Laura Eckley share a passion for reading, and now share the title of director for the Mamaroneck and Larchmont libraries respectively.

Riley was named director of the Mamaroneck Library after former director Susan Benton retired at the end of December. The Larchmont Library's former director Diane Courtney retired last June, and the assistant director June Hesler has filled in since. Eckley will assume the role Feb. 6.

"We believe she will be a great fit here in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community, and that her experience and energy will benefit our library tremendously," said Pamela Dubitsky, chair of the Larchmont Library Board of Trustees.

Eckley comes to Larchmont from the Bronxville Library, which was named one of 262 "Star Libraries" for exceptional levels of service for the last fours years, during the time she was director. Eckley has also worked at the Rye Free Reading Room.

"My goals are to guide the library in the digital age, work with community groups and ensure their interests are met, and find creative and cost-effective ways to increase programming, ensuring the library continues to be a vital community center."

Riley, a self-professed technology geek, also shares Eckley's vision of using technology to position the library as a broad-reaching community center.

"Libraries today are so much more than just books,” Riley said. “My primary goals for the Mamaroneck Library are to maximize efficiency of operations, to increase open communications with local residents, to update technology, and to identify and offer more programs of community interest."

Riley comes to Mamaroneck from the Mount Kisco Library, where she was director and oversaw the planning, construction and move into a new facility in 2009. She has also worked at the public libraries in Greenburgh, White Plains, Ardsley, Chappaqua and Ossining.

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