Newfield Public Library gets new director


The Newfield Public Library has a new library director. Sue Chaffee recently took over from Danielle Perkins and has been getting to know the patrons, staff and volunteers, as well as learning about the day-to-day library operations.

“Since understanding the needs of the community is a critical part of my job, I have started meeting with several of the leaders in our Newfield school district,” Chaffee said. “They have been great to work with, and we are looking forward to collaborating on programming that meets the needs of our students.”

Chaffee has also met several directors from other libraries in the area and is excited to work with them, too.

Chaffee grew up in Watkins Glen, graduated from Ithaca College and has lived in Newfield for 30 years. She is a member of the Newfield Lioness Club and serves on the Newfield Old Home Days committee. She developed a passion for problem-solving and providing exceptional customer service skills during her long and successful career at CBORD.

Recently, Chaffee had been thinking about changing careers and was looking for something where she could work with children or senior citizens. When the library director position became available, she jumped at the chance to apply for it.

“I absolutely love working at the library and am very thankful for the warm welcome I have received from everyone,” she said.

On Chaffee’s agenda is to meet with other organizations and businesses in the Newfield community to best understand their challenges and to raise awareness of the services that the library provides.

In addition to outreach, the library will continue to provide programming and events based on what has worked through the years. That includes programs that focus on technology, both for students and adults.

In December, there will be several scheduled events to provide an introduction to computer science, and in January, the library will kick off a monthly series of classes for adults to help them better understand and use various technology procedures.

The library’s after-school program for middle school students will continue to run weekly until the end of the school year. Another exciting program has the library working with Newfield native JD Drader, of the Human Services Coalition, helping community members renew or enroll for healthcare coverage.

The library is also the location for a senior exercise class, story time, book sales, craft and movie nights and a Gingerbread House Contest for the holiday.

The Newfield Public Library Board of Trustees has provided Chaffee with valuable input. Also, as part of the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS), the Newfield Public Library has access to the amazing FLLS team and to its collection of useful resources.

The Newfield Public Library is located at 198 Main St. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more library information, please call 607-564-3594 or visit the website at


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