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New Westfield library director ready to ‘serve’

Megan M.H. Hegna with her husband, Dr. Thomas Hegna, and children, Henry and Ingrid.

WESTFIELD — On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Patterson Library welcomed a new director, Megan M.H. Hegna.

With a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, she also carries a New York State Public Librarian Certificate. Studies for her Master’s focused on public libraries, with particular attention to youth services.

“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the care of Patterson Library,” Hegna said. “I look forward to working with such wonderful staff, getting to know the people of Westfield and learning how our library can serve them.”

Beginning her professional librarian career in Connecticut, there Hegna worked with a variety of cultures and became acquainted with the joy a librarian feels when helping patrons to find an answer or just the right book. She relates of her time at the Cheshire Public Library, “I was able to work with a wonderful director and to understand how a supportive manager can inspire a staff to accomplish remarkable goals.”

Hegna turned her attention to her family after a move to Illinois, but still made time to volunteer at her children’s school library. The summer of 2019 brought her family to Fredonia, where husband Dr. Thomas Hegna is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia in the Geology Department.

Children, Henry (sixth grade) and Ingrid (first grade) at Fredonia Central School, were delighted when introduced to Patterson Park children’s area and eagerly anticipate many future visits.

The trustees and staff of the Patterson are happy to welcome Hegna and her family and look forward to the day when a community event might more inclusively welcome her.

The Board of Trustees would like to extend special thanks to Janice Hogenboom for her service and leadership as Interim Director from Nov. 13 to March 1. As this transition unfolds, her presence and knowledge stand a boon to all associated with the Patterson Library.

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