New Milford Public Library Board Appoints New Director

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New Milford Public Library on Village Green in New Milford.

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NEW MILFORD – The New Milford Public Library Board has appointed a former director of the Monroe Library, Lorna Rhyins, as the new director of the library here.

Rhyins, who joined the NMPL on June 21, came to the community from the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe, where she served as the library director for three years. During that time, she managed a building renovation project, bringing in new manufacturing space, a self-service cafe and an updated teen space that opened in November 2019, according to an announcement.

After leading the Monroe Library through the pandemic, she is eager to join New Milford as she enters a new era, according to the announcement. The New Milford Library is in the midst of a major renovation slated for completion in mid-January.


Rhyins, who began her career more than 25 years ago as a library assistant at Bethel, received her master’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University. Shortly before graduating, she joined the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library as the Adult and Adolescent Services Librarian, responsible for overseeing both departments.


In 2017, Rhyins became interim director for six months and her performance in that role led to her selection when the director retired.


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