Skidompha Library is extraordinarily thankful for our more than 100 volunteers who contribute over 10,000 hours each year! Thank you to those already involved, we could not do what we do without you.
Matthew Graff, Executive Director
Matthew’s journey started on Long Island, New York where he enjoyed playing in, on, and under the Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Time passed, as time does, and Matthew graduated from Long Island University, Southampton with his BA. A JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center followed soon after, along with a job as a lobbyist. But the ocean and Sound beckoned him back, and he eventually joined the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and traded his suit, tie, and desk for a pair of waders and a boat, and an office on the water. Books eventually took precedence, setting Matthew towards his MLIS from Syracuse University and a position as the Director of the Cohoes Public Library in Cohoes, NY. Matthew lives in Newcastle and is excited to be to be part of the extraordinary Skidompha team.
Jeannette Eaton, Director of Communications and Online Programming
Jeannette brings her passion for storytelling, serving others, and group facilitation to her work at Skidompha. With a graduate degree in writing for social change, she has spent the last two decades devoted to nonprofit work. She runs Paper Trail Creative Writing Workshops, is a teaching artist with The Telling Room, a board member for Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and is a mindfulness meditation teacher. The things Jeannette loves best in life are her family, being in water, music, writing, and books—especially the books that keep her up way too late. She loves living in Alna with her husband and two children, and delights in thinking about how to share the stories of Skidompha with this incredible community.
Emily Meader, Development Associate
Terry Hapach, Head Librarian
Back in Ohio, many years ago, Terry was often found waiting impatiently for the library doors to open. When she was offered a part-time job there after school, she loved it so much it became a career that lasted over 30 years. Then one crazy vacation day she and her husband took a different route on the way to the Erie Zoo – and ended up in Maine. To live here on a more permanent basis, she retired. Or so she thought. A volunteer stint turned into employment and she’s now pleased to be helping to continue the development of an awesome library full of wonderful people. Terry is also a frequent contributor to Owl Radio podcasts.
Rachel Zoller, Adult Services Librarian
Rachel has been working in the adult section of the library since 2007 after 40 years of teaching. She is responsible for interlibrary loans, large print, and those dreaded overdue and bill notices. Rachel created a “Traveling Books” program to deliver library materials to our homebound patrons. Rachel lives in Newcastle with her husband, Jay. She is a docent at the Farnsworth Museum, programs music for the Music and Memory Program at Coves Edge where she volunteers each week. She and Jay enjoy traveling, being with their 8 grandchildren, gardening, and especially reading. And, she loves chatting with people about their reading!
Erika Clark, Adult Services Librarian
Erika‘s first “real job” was at her local public library in high school in Maryland. During college, she worked at the private academic library, where her love and interest in libraries grew. Erika graduated with a BS in History and a minor in Social Studies. Erika loves to read history, biographies, classics, and anything on interesting topics. She married and followed her husband, Ian, to live in Maine. In her free time, Erika enjoys cooking, gardening, and going on outdoor adventures with family.
Jessie Trafton, Children’s Librarian
Jessie joined the library as a volunteer in 2014 and joined the staff a year later. She transitioned to the Children’s room in February, 2019. Jessie has a background in the biological sciences but has found her true love working at Skidompha. She reads a bit of everything, but really enjoys non-fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Jessie moved to Newcastle in 2012 with her wife, Anna, and they enjoy birding, homesteading, walking in the woods, reading, playing cribbage, and chasing after their young kids.
Sophie Gagnon, Teen Librarian
Sophie is the Teen Librarian at Skidompha Library. She brings her good sense of humor, passion for science fiction, and fantasy literature to the library on a daily basis. Check out the Young Adult section (in the atrium of Skidompha) to see the good work Sophie does to ensure that young people in our area have an excellent and varied selection of materials to choose from. She also runs programming for teens and is responsible for stocking the free food cupboard (sponsored by Rising Tide Community Market!)
Brooks Sharp, Children’s Librarian
Brooks holds down the Children’s Section of the Library on Saturdays. She loves providing book recommendations and chatting with young readers.
Pam Gormley, Executive Director Emeritus
Born and raised in the Bronx and a proud Yankees fan, Pam came to Maine with her family, Mal, Katie, and Quinn in 1994. Before making the move to the best place on earth, Pam worked for Reader’s Digest for 23 years. “Being the Director of Skidompha was the best job ever!” says Pam. “I worked with the smartest, most competent, and creative people ever. It was thrilling to be part of the national award winning team at Skidompha!”