Bonnie Sabatini, Director

I strongly believe that the heart and soul of a community rests inside the library. I have always personally loved libraries and I am excited to become a part of this community. Professionally, I have an extensive background in Health Care with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a Master’s degree in Teaching. However, after moving to the North Country, I felt pulled to pursue my next step in community service. The Waddington Library has quickly become my favorite place in town and I am so excited to be here. A Library is more than just books to me… not only does a Library provide enrichment, education & engagement, but it also provides empowerment. I hope to pass down my love of reading through literacy programming. I am very passionate about creating learning opportunities for people of all ages… and I am so excited to connect with the community & families of Waddington!

Rene’e Backus, Circulation Assistant

Reading and libraries have always been a big part of my life. My Mom was a mystery lover, Agatha Christie and P.D. James were among her favorites. My Dad was a nonfiction reader who read our entire Encyclopedia set cover to cover. I was a frequent visitor at the Ogdensburg Library. I volunteered there both as a teen and with my students when I worked for B.O.C.E.S. When I was contemplating retirement, I joked I was going to work at the Waddington Library. Shortly after I retired in 2012, I saw an ad for a library assistant position. I love helping our patrons find books by their favorite authors and discovering new favorites. My career as a social worker has been helpful in directing patrons to various community services when they come to the library seeking assistance.

Ashley Chapin, Circulation Assistant

All my life I have been an avid reader and growing up my mom would always take my brother and I to the Norfolk library to get new books every month. Libraries have always been some of my favorite places and I wish that I realized sooner how much I would enjoy working with books and helping other people find new books to enjoy. While I have previously worked as a resident funeral director and as a supervisor at the Bon-Ton, I have plans to get my Master’s Degree in Library Science. My favorite books include “Jane Eyre,” “And, Then There Were None,” and “Sky in the Deep.” I am always reading a book and enjoy physical books, audiobooks, and just recently have explored e-books. I can’t wait to get to know the Waddington community and support all members with their reading needs!

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