BERNARDS TWP., NJ – The Bernards Township Library Board of Trustees has appointed a new library director, Lyn Begraft, currently library director at the Long Hill Township Library, to succeed library director Ruth Lufkin, due to retire at the end of this year.

Begraft is scheduled to begin working at the Bernards Township Library on Nov. 4, according to the library board's announcement of the appointment made on Sept. 18.

Lufkin, who remains in her position at this time, has been library director since January 2012, having been promoted after holding other positions at the township library. 

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Begraft has been Long Hill Township's library director since early 2016, and has more than 20 years of library experience, according to the announcement.

“The Board of Trustees was extremely impressed with Lyn’s qualifications and enthusiasm. She understands the importance of customer service and is eager to get to know our library and its patrons," Zina Pozner, library board president, said in the announcement.

"Lyn is attuned to the evolving nature of libraries and will be the ideal person to shepherd Bernards Library into the future," Pozner added. "We very much look forward to working with her."

Begraft holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, from Centenary University, the announcement said.

Begraft said in the announcement, “I am thrilled to have been chosen as Bernards Township's next library director I look forward to continuing the legacy of excellence in library services to the community, and to leading the way to the future."

She previously had worked at the Sparta Library, the Sussex County Library System, and then the Mount Olive Library before starting at the Long Hill Township Library, the announcement said.

The Bernards Township Library, serving the community for more than 100 years, is a valuable asset, offering professionalism and dedicated service to the public, the announcement added.

"Throughout the library’s history, residents have fostered its purpose, supported its needs and thrived from using the volumes it has owned," the announcement said. "Today it also offers a robust collection of virtual materials and services, and programs for people of all ages and interests."

In July, the Bernards Township Committee voted to approve the services of a professional recruiter at a cost of up to $10,000 to assist in a search for a new Bernards Township library director before Lufkin's retirement.