Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



February 21, 2019

Senator Needleman, Fellow Legislators To Meet With Local Library Leaders

On Friday, February 22, state legislators including State Senator Norm Needleman (D-East Hampton) and State Representatives Irene Haines (R-East Hampton) and Christine Palm (D-Chester) will meet with leaders of local libraries in their districts and take a tour of East Hampton Public Library. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday.

The legislators will meet with library leaders including Kate Byroade, president of the Connecticut Library Association and director of Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester; Richard Conroy, director of the Essex Library Association and co-chair of career development for the CLA; Michael Gilroy, director of the East Haddam Free Public Library and Rathbun Free Memorial Library; Ellen Paul, director of the East Hampton Public Library; Tom Piezzo, director of the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam; and Barbara Johnson, media specialist for Colchester Public Schools’ Library Media Center.

After introductions and a tour of East Hampton Public Library, Byroade will welcome visitors before assembled leaders speak about interesting things happening in their libraries and the benefits they receive from state funding. Afterward, the group will hold an open discussion with legislators.

“Libraries are a vital resource for any community, offering knowledge and entertainment to everyone, young and old alike,” said Sen. Needleman. “I look forward to meeting with the directors and learning what we can do as legislators to help them continue their success and inspire creativity in the 33rd District.”