New Director at Rockingham Public Library
Rockingham Free Public Library (RFPL) in Bellows Falls is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director. After an extensive search, the RFPL Board of Trustees has selected Célina Houlné to fill this position. Currently a Librarian in charge of Circulation Services at the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, New Hampshire, Houlné has a strong background in public library service having worked for the last 20 years in public libraries in many different capacities.
She received a Master’s Degree of Library Science from the University of South Carolina. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to be part of such an active library with a longstanding history of community engagement. I am really looking forward to helping the library continue to be a vital resource and central meeting place for the community,” said Houlné.
Born and raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, Houlné developed a great love of history and reading. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina, she worked as Co-Manager of the Yellow Sun Natural Foods Co-operative in Amherst, Massachusetts. She and her husband then relocated to Berwick, Maine where they raised two sons, and where she began her library career.
For the past several years, Houlné has commuted weekly between Berwick, Maine – where she stayed during the week while she worked in Rochester – and Springfield, Vermont, where she lives with her husband Stephen Geller, the Executive Director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA). “I will be very happy to be living in Vermont on a full-time basis, getting the chance to meet more people, and to explore the great variety of places and activities that this area offers,” said Houlné.