ADAMS — With Adams Free Library Director Deborah Bruneau now retired, the Board of Selectmen has created an interim staffing plan to help keep the library afloat over the winter.
The board last week unanimously approved the appointment of Holly Jayko, who had previously served as the children's librarian, as the interim director until a permanent director is hired.
Adams Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said that he has already met with the library's board of trustees to organize an approach to the hiring process, which he hopes to have complete in the spring.
"We wanted to avoid a recruitment process right around the holidays, which would make it a little difficult," Mazzucco said. "We'll start, probably right in January, with getting recruitment underway."
Bruneau retired earlier this fall.
A new library director will be chosen by a group consisting of Mazzucco, two library trustees and two town department heads.
In response to a question about the ratification process from Selectman Joseph Nowak, Mazzucco clarified that the Board of Selectmen — not the library's board of trustees — will have the final vote on a new director.
In the meantime, there is no long-term library staffing plan and the children's librarian position vacated by Jayko will not be filled at least until after a new director is hired, Mazzucco said.
To help staff the library until a new director is brought on, the Board of Selectmen also ratified the appointment of Susan Szpila as a temporary library aide. She will work between 20 and 25 hours a week until spring.
"There's money within the budget, obviously, to do it, and we did have somebody, who is a former employee and left, who was able to come back," Mazzucco said.