Meet Our Amazing Staff
Caroline MacArthur, Director
Libraries have always been one of my favorite things in life, so getting to spend my work life in libraries (33 years and counting!) has been nothing short of spectacular. Books, people, and community; to me, there’s nothing better.
My Favorite Authors: Barbara Kingsolver, David McCullough, and Ann Patchett.
When I'm not in the library I’m most likely spending time with family and friends, doing volunteer work, knitting, reading or napping. I dream about living in the mountains and having my own treehouse. And I love cats!
Dana Bruey, Children’s Services Librarian
Miss Dana grew up on Eastern Long Island and has been a part of the Southold Free Library and community for more than 20 years. She takes great joy in reading to the little ones, making them laugh and smile with her special silly story character voices.
When Not at the library, Miss Dana enjoys singing with her singer-songwriter husband, Bobby.
Penny Kelley, Teen Services Librarian
I love working with the public in just about any capacity: Circulation, Programming, e-reader and device assistance, reader’s advisory and much more. But what I love most about being a librarian is getting to meet so many amazing authors and telling kids all about it!
My Favorite Authors: Cinda Williams Chima, Anne Lamott, Sarah J. Maas, Jandy Nelson, Ann Patchett, Gae Polisner, Jason Reynolds, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon.
Other Things About Me: I like to challenge myself. I have run a Tough Mudder and climbed Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I also jumped into a water-filled quarry from a very high cliff and THAT. WAS. SCARY. I like to read, I love the beach and the mountains.
Melissa Andruski, Adult Services and Local History
I began working at the Library in 1985 and have been here ever since. My favorite place in the Library is the local history room where I enjoy discovering Southold's past and assisting folks with research, sharing our rich history.
As a kid, I loved to read Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. As an adult, I enjoy reading about American history. I'm currently reading "The Last Castle" about the Vanderbilts, a title recommended by a patron.
When I'm not at the library, I love playing tennis and walking through our stunning nature preserves and beaches. Working crossword puzzles is a favorite pastime.
Though I'm not a bonafide local, I was born in Connecticut, which Southold was united with in its founding days. My son, daughter, and three grandchildren reside in Southold so I don't have far to go to visit!
Susan Caggiano, Technical Services Coordinator
Past recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award!
I have worked at the Library for 25 years, Favorite things about the library is our friendly staff. I also like helping patrons so they leave happy and I love hearing the cute voices of toddlers at the circulation desk.
I mostly listen to audio books, favorite authors are David Rosenfelt & Linda Fairstein. Two of my favorite listens were House Rules by Jodi Picoult and Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio.
When I'm not at the library, I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, crocheting, kayaking & boating on the beautiful waters that surround us. I also enjoy visiting the Poconos in Pennsylvania and Booth Bay Harbor in Maine.
And yes, I painted these!
Carol Forestieri, Technical Services & Circulation
I have worked at the Library for 20 years and my favorite job is choosing DVD titles for the collection. When I’m not working I enjoy gardening, hiking, playing with my grandson and hanging out on the porch with my husband. We are slowly renovating out 125 year old house and it will probably take that long to complete! I am currently reading and enjoying “Still Me: A Novel” by Jojo Noyes. It is the third book in the series about a young English woman who comes to NYC to work as the assistant to a young socialite.
Lorraine Sferlazza, Circulation Desk
When I had my first summer job while still in high school, I worked at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport. I never dreamed that my perfect retirement job so many years later would be here at the Southold Free Library! In the years between, I worked on the university, 2-year college, and high school levels, as well as for a Federal grant program. Some of my other employment was at a youth hostel,a glove factory, and as a proofreader.
What I particularly like about working here, in addition to the great staff and patrons, is the vast and constant exposure to books, music, and film. My reading selections have become more diverse; my last three selections were The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and The Misfit's Manifesto by Linda Yuknavitch.
Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, gardening, and cooking. I love summer and warm weather. In my next life, I will play piano and sing back-up vocals for a R&B band.
I think we have a wonderful staff at the Southold Library and I enjoy working with them. It makes coming to work enjoyable. Reading is a favorite pastime and, of course, access to books is very easy. I prefer historical biographies and in fiction, I like mysteries, especially those written by Anne Perry. In my spare time I am a volunteer at the North Shore Horse Rescue in Baiting Hollow.
Janet Auer, Circulation Desk
My favorite thing about working at the library are the books, the patrons and the staff.
My Favorite Author: Anything written by Lisa Gardner.
When I'm not in the library I love being an EMT/Fire Fighter. I am a Lieutenant with Southold Rescue. I also love the beach, boating, fishing with my Husband and son, and reminiscing about my daughter around the fire pit. My favorite places are Long Island, Sanibel Island, Block Island and Upstate NY. And yes, these are Sanibel Dolphins with a perfect Sanibel sunset.
Denise Gagen, Circulation Desk
I enjoy the people most: staff and patrons. Meeting new people, helping them at the circulation desk, discussing books are all part of my love of the library. I love to read, travel (here I am in front of the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland), plein air paint and practice yoga.
There is always a book or two (or three) on my nightstand; mysteries by Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny being favorite authors.
Kathy Saccamano, Adult Programmer, Circulation Desk
I am usually on the front lines at the circulation desk helping to facilitate placing holds and locate the books and DVD's you desire. In addition to circulation I am in charge of maintaining the Bestseller collection.
Favorite Books: Dewey, A Dog's Purpose, The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest, The Cracked Spine, Dear Fahrenheit 451, and Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore.
When I am not in the library I enjoy concerts, plays. travel and time with my family.
Marjory Moffat Stevens, Bookkeeper
My favorite thing about the library is the budget and the people who mind it. I live in Southold in the house I grew up in and am one of the last two people in my family still on the North Fork after over 300 years.
I’m currently reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and an autobiography of Nina Simone.
When I'm not at the library, the things I enjoy are live theatre; jazz, blues and the Great American Song Book; annual trips to our cabin on Cape Breton and monthly lunches with the women I graduated from SHS with.