Culture Spotlight

Lee Shaw, the new director of the New Gloucester Public Library, has arrived!

|Noreen Williams|

Lee Shaw, the new library director, began his first day of work on February 8th. Since then he’s been busy getting the library ready for the opening of curbside service on February 23rd. He’s been getting organized after the months-long shut down and updating systems to help the opening happen as smoothly as possible. Lee says loves the beautiful architecture of the library and already appreciates how engaged our community is with the library. He is excited to build on the existing library programming (such as story time and book clubs) and work on developing new programming ideas based on feedback he gets from the townspeople. He has already been talking with patrons as they call about the opening of the library. Lee says, “My favorite part of working at the library is getting to help people”, while his least favorite part “is inevitably having to choose between great materials or programs due to limited time or resources”.

Lee Shaw, Director of New Gloucester Public Library. Photo courtesy of Lee Shaw

Lee got his undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Latin American Studies and began library work in an unusual way. He took a job at the university at the power plant within the Engineering Department, organizing a new library from their collection of books and other documents. He realized that although he really enjoyed his work there, he needed a better foundation in library science. After receiving his masters at UNC in Information Science, he gained experience as an assistant librarian in the Raleigh North Carolina Community Library. There he worked on school age and juvenile programming as well as with teen volunteers. He has also worked at the Brooklyn, NY Public Library and gained additional experience as a children’s librarian, working on story time, the library collection, and customer service.  Lee also has experience in website design and development. Before coming to New Gloucester, he was at the Effingham, NH library.

Lee is originally from North Carolina and says he is excited about coming to Maine. He’s looking forward to our cooler summers and all of the outdoor possibilities for winter activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, and shoe shoeing. He has developed a new appreciation for gardening during the pandemic, but his favorite hobby is music (particularly the guitar).

Lobby service (as they are now calling curbside service) starts February 23rd and will be Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM-5 PM. Requests can be made through the online catalog or by telephone during library hours (926-4840) or by email (