Barnegat Library Welcomes New Manager 

May 17, 2017

Rachel Cantor recently took over as manager of the Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library, and in a short time she has found “a strong sense of community” between its staff and customers.

“We have a lot of people who regularly come here and support the library,” she said. “Right now, I’m sitting back and watching and learning about Barnegat. Soon, we’ll be very busy with summer reading program activities.”

Cantor, who spent the last seven years as children’s librarian at the Lakewood branch, takes over for Givane Hayes, who is now directing adult services at the main branch in Toms River. The Philadelphia native has a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University and a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University.

“As a children’s librarian, I worked mostly with young children and their families,” she said. “But now as branch manager, I’ll be interacting also with adults and teens. Each day, I like to spend at least an hour at the reference desk because it gives me a chance to meet new people.” 

As far as programing goes, Cantor said everything has been budgeted for this year.

“I can look ahead to the following year to see if there are some new programs we can start,” she said. “I’ve always had a strong belief in diversity, and I would try to implement that in our activities.”

Cantor said in taking the job, she was impressed with the branch’s Black History month celebration in February and the Women’s History Month program in March.

“They are very well-attended,” she said. “I think it really says a lot about the community here that there is a strong interest in these important issues. I can only hope to continue these traditions and build on them for the future.” —E.E.

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