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New director of town libraries has ties to Arlington

A Massachusetts native who is the current director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum has accepted the role of director of libraries for the Town of Arlington. Peter Struzziero plans to begin in late December.

A town news release says Struzziero has a broad range of experience in public libraries, as well as strong ties to Arlington.

"I spent a lot of time visiting my grandmother in Arlington, and my family always brought me to the Robbins Library for the great programs and collections," he said in the release.

"My mother loved it when she was a child growing up in Arlington and made sure I felt the same when I was growing up" says Struzziero. "I couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the town where all my favorite library memories were made."

During his tenure as director of the Winthrop Public Library and Museum, which is part of the North of Boston Library Exchange, Struzziero increased program attendance by 23 percent and built its first young-adult department and teen space in the library.

The release says he strengthened the library's profile in the community by contributing a weekly column to the paper, appearing on Winthrop Cable Access Television programs, and initiating a comprehensive social media strategy. He also oversaw significant capital-improvement projects, such as an oil-to-gas heat system conversion, automated doors at each entrance and repairs to the existing Library.

Struzziero has extensive experience in youth services, knowledge that will be an asset in Arlington where Children's and Teen collections and services are more in-demand than ever. As Reference Librarian and Head of Teen Services for Scituate Town Library, he added new media collections that helped drive an 18-percent increase of Young Adult materials circulation. Prior to Scituate he was Young Adult Librarian at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen.

Struzziero is actively involved in the state and national professional library community. In addition to presenting at the Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association and the American Library Association conferences this year, he contributed an article focused on customer service titled “The Answer Is Yes” to Public Libraries Magazine, which will appear in print at the beginning of 2015. He graduated with a bachelor's in communications and in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and earned his master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

The library will host a public reception for Struzziero in the new year. Details will be publicized in local media and posted on as soon as a date is set.

Struzziero will assume the position that Ryan Livergood left this month. Livergood was the director since April 2012.

The Illinois native is to be executive director of the Warren-Newport Public Library District, in Gurnee, Ill. 

This announcement was published Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

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