Meet Your Librarians
Karen Ahearn, Head of Children's Department
Karen has been working as the Head of the Children's Department since September 1975. Karen enjoys helping patrons of all ages. Her favorite parts of her job are ordering books, planning programs, taking part in Library activities, talking with the children about the books they have read and chronicling the present life of the Library with photography. Her favorite books are The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall, The Tripods series by John Christopher, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi and any historical fiction title by Christopher Paul Curtis. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, gardening, reading and nature activities.
Fayth Chamberland, Staff Librarian
Fayth has been working at the Library since 1987. She began her professional career as a preschool teacher. It was on a preschool visit to her local library that gave her the idea to look at becoming a children's librarian. She leads many programs in the Children's and Teen Rooms such as Small Wonders, Storytime, 3rd Graders BookEaters group, and the 4th-5th Grade BookMarkers group . Over the years she has written 6 grants to fund a variety of innovative programs including Full STEAM Ahead (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for preschoolers in 2015 followed by a Mind in the Making grant to create play spaces for babies and toddlers. Fayth loves to create a fun environment to welcome the children and teens to the library by decorating the spaces with lots of flashing lights and swirling objects. Her all time favorite book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, is the inspiration for creating a children's room packed with wonder and excitement:“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”
Cynthia DiRenzo, Library Assistant
We wear many different hats in the library. On Thursday nights Cynthia works in the Childrens room. Some nights she recovers books whose covers have been torn or have just been taken out so many times that they need a little freshening up. She likes the nights when she gets to do special projects for the Children's Room. We all work hard so that when you come to the library you will have a nice time and hopefully check out some special books.
Stephanie Rivera, Branch Librarian
Stephanie, a native Midwesterner, has been a bibliophile for as long as she can remember. She grew up visiting her local library and fondly remembers participating in her library's summer reading program each year. Most recently, Stephanie has been working with children in libraries for over 10 years, and she is excited to begin a new chapter here in Concord. Her favorite professional challenge is finding the right book for the right person, and she welcomes the chance to chat with you about what you're reading.
Fiona Stevenson, Library Assistant
Fiona Stevenson’s lifelong passion for children’s literature began at the age of three, when her father taught her to read in the hope it would keep her quiet. After many years volunteering at CFPL, Fiona is very familiar with children's and teens' likes and dislikes in the Library. She conjures Pop Up Story Times and book displays, leads various book groups and programs for children and young adults, coordinates the Teen Advisory Board, liaises with Concord and Carlisle Public Schools, and most of all enjoys engaging with patrons and their caregivers about books so that she can find exactly the right ones to share. Her favorite books are too hard to choose, but Half Magic by Edward Eager, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, Cue For Treason by Geoffrey Trease, and anything by Jane Austen would certainly make the list.