New Stafford Library Branch Manager Feels Right at Home

Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Theresa Foster’s new job as manager of the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library represents a homecoming. She began her new position on Sept. 10, replacing Natalie Niziolek, who became manager in June 2015.

“I grew up in Stafford,” said Foster. “My father (John Boekell) worked in Stafford for 30 years, so I have a good feel for the community.”

A 2001 gradate of Southern Regional High School, Foster came over from the Barnegat branch, where she had been teen services librarian since 2011. Prior to that, she worked for a year in the Atlantic County library system.

Initially, Foster was interested in a career in the arts field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and art history from Stockton University. Shortly after that, she was working at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences as public programs coordinator. Part of that job involved partnering with Linda Feaster, who was then manager of the Long Beach Island branch.

“That experience got me interested in pursuing a library career,” she said. “I went back to school and got my master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University.”

At the Stafford branch, her first order of business is to familiarize herself with the employees and meet the public.

“I’m planning to meet with various local organizations and area community groups and stay in touch,” said Foster. “I don’t know if there will be programming changes. But going out to talk to groups will give me an idea what the people want.” E.E.

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