Anita Barney, Library Director | Extension 101 Anita earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Southern CT State University in 1980. Prior to becoming director of The Brookfield Library in 2003, she was the Executive Director of the Western CT Library Council. Anita and her husband Carl (a guitar-maker) are ruled by four cats. Anita spends her spare time reading rather than housecleaning, and likes all aspects of gardening except weeding. She enjoys writing her weekly column for the Housatonic Times, and looks forward every year to public embarrassment on the library’s float in the Memorial Day parade.
Debbie Brooks, Administrative Assistant Debbie wears many hats including those of Mom, part-time preschool Teacher Assistant and as our library’s Administrative Assistant. Debbie is a graduate of Manhattanville College and has lived in Brookfield for 14 years. She is very involved in the schools and community with her husband, Mike, and their three children.
Dawn Cioffi, Technical Services When she is not transporting her daughter to the dance studio, or her son to the field or gym, Dawn enjoys spending time cooking for her family, paper crafting with her friends, watching football and NASCAR with anyone, and reading by herself. Her favorite genre is fiction. She and her family recently rescued a handsome yellow Lab mix named Rowan, who is keeping them all very busy!
Donna Crane, Children’s Assistant | Extension 105 When Donna isn’t at the library doing crafts, you can usually find her curled up with a good fiction or mystery book. If her kids find her first, she is usually at the cheerleading gym with her girls or football field with her son, cheering them on. In 2000, Donna received her Master’s Degree in Publishing from Pace University in New York City.
Jennifer Doyon, Information Technology/Teen Librarian | Extension 115 If she has her way, you will find Jennifer at a concert, movie, designing a website, or reading mystery or teen fiction. She also enjoys anything cat-related, watching NFL football (Go Bills!), and spending time with her friends and family. Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Clarion University of PA in 2003. She has also worked at libraries in Pennsylvania and New York.
George Grumman, Circulation Supervisor George has over 35 years of public library experience. He as been a member of the Danbury Area Drum Corps for 45 years. In addition to reading Robert B. Parker’s books, George enjoys working in his yard and traveling.
Soma Mitra, Circulation Assistant Soma likes reading mysteries and travel books. Soccer is her sport of choice, and she especially enjoys watching her kids play. When not at the library, she likes to try out new dishes and search for different recipes. Her favorite cuisines are Chinese and Italian. Soma has a B.A. degree in English Literature and a M.A. in English Literature. She has also recently completed her Master’s Degree in Library Science.
Karen Anne Murcott, Circulation Assistant Karen moved from NYC to Brookfield 34 years ago. She joined the library staff in 2008.
Karen’s favorite books can be found in the non-fiction section.
Karen graduated from Queens College, CUNY with a degree in Elementary Education. She has volunteered with Ability Beyond Disability for over 30 years.
When not in the library, Karen loves to be on, near, or in the water. She also loves walking with Oscar, her dog.
Elizabeth Oedel, Reference Librarian | Extension 103 Elizabeth enjoys reading, especially nonfiction in a variety of subjects including history, sociology, mountaineering, and biography. She also loves music, and often attends concerts. She previously worked in public libraries in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Elizabeth received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston in 2008.
Mary Proudfoot, Children’s and Community Services Librarian | Extension 104 Mary enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband, Harold. She also loves cats – especially Winston, her British shorthair, and Abbi, a Maine Coon – music, and playing with her grandchildren. She is also a die-hard New York Mets and West Virginia University sports fan.
Sharon Santi, Circulation Assistant When not working at our library, you may find Sharon reading, watching sports, and going out to lunch. She enjoys baking, musicals, and laughing with family and friends.
Katherine Van Leeuwen, Assistant Director/Adult Services Librarian | Extension 108 Katherine loves reading contemporary fiction & mysteries, and when not curled up with a cat and a good book, enjoys playing pool, antiquing, warm beaches & spending time with her family. She received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Southern CT State University in 2002.