About Us

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Who We Are

We believe in the “Unquiet Library.” We strive to create an environment that is a social hub within the community-a place you want to be, not a place you’re forced into to tie up some loose ends on that mid-term paper. This is not the typical library of yesteryear. We are patron-centric, dedicated, and truly feel that, with the help of our community, we will continue to grow and flourish as an establishment.

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How We Came to Be

On January 29, 1940 a public meeting of citizens of Westfield was held to discuss the possibility of providing the town with a library. A representative of the State Library who was present suggested a motion be made to organize a public library association. This was done, trustees were nominated and elected. Rooms were rented in the Odd Fellows Hall.

With the help of the women’s club, Le Cercle Moderne, in securing members; the American Legion in collecting books and gifts; shelving and an insurance policy, the project was underway. By the end of a year the original site was outgrown, and the library was moved to its present location on Maple Street.

The Westfield Public Library is a member of the Potter-Tioga Library System, the only two-county system in Pennsylvania.

Staff Biographies

Rebecca Nagy
RebeccaNagyIt was at the tender age of four that Rebecca proclaimed her lifelong romance with reading and writing. Since that time, she has immersed herself in all things literary. Now Director of the WPL, Rebecca holds the importance of books to the highest standard, and plans to continue to improve the message, environment, and involvement of the WPL in the community, as well as the quality and selection of materials available to patrons.

Kay Hill
KayKay’s love of libraries goes back to a small house in Harrison Valley that held all the books she could ever hope to read.  In the years following, she has never been far from books, and enjoys working with the patrons and the literature found in the Westfield Public Library.

Linda Stebbins
LindaStebbinsLinda enjoys reading mystery and romance novels, traveling and seeing the sights on bus trips, and shopping. In addition to her Friday afternoons at the library, she works at the courthouse as a clerk to the jury commissioners.

Derek Monroe
DerekMonroeFrom the time he was a little tyke, Derek has been helping out at the library. His Aunt Rebecca (now the director of the library) found a right hand man in Derek as he assisted with story hours, games, and keeping the library spic and span. His eagerness to volunteer and personable attitude have been a great contribution to the library.

Beth Rowland
BethAfter retiring from 33 years of teaching art and special education, Beth began volunteering at the Westfield Public Library. Westfield is her hometown, and after living away for many years, moved “home again”. She has a son, Dan, who lives in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband Doug enjoy their cats, ballroom dancing, and travel. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and gardening.

Board of Director Biographies

Michelle Sama
MichelleSamaMichelle Sama is retired after thirty three years of teaching English at Elkland and Cowanesque Valley.  Her life long love of learning and reading began at a Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Westfield Public Library may be small in size, but its impact on the community is just as powerful as a big library.  Her goal is to see the library continue to serve the area in these troubled economic times.

Peggy Williams
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Vivian Altman
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Kathleen Helf
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Gail Bollinger
GailGail is a retired teacher who lives with her husband Michael. She has a son Jeremy, and two grandchildren, Paige and Christian. A member of St. John’s Episcopal church, she serves on Boro Council, director of library, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Westfield community, and Antenna Association. She also serves as chairman of Westfield Boro Authority and as Task Force member of TCDC concerning Tannery properties. Gail enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening in her spare time. Keeka Lake is her favorite place to be.

Bernita Douglass
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Olga Gray
OlgaGrayOlga is married with two sons and one grandson. Born in the Netherlands, she substituted at the Northern Potter Children’s and High School as secretary and aide. Olga Gray was the Library director at the Westfield Public Library  for 15 years until she retired in January 2011.

Pete Sama
PeteSamaPete Sama is a life-long resident of Westfield.  He is retired from Dominion Gas where he worked for many years after serving in the U.S. Army.  He is instrumental in keeping the physical plant of the library running smoothly whether it be shoveling the ramp, fixing the railing or stemming the flow of ground water into the basement.

Ben Heyler
BenHBen Heyler graduated from Cowanesque Valley High School in 2005 and attended York College of Pennsylvania to major in secondary education-biology. After graduating with his bachelors degree in 2009, Ben returned to Westfield and is employed at the Galeton Area School District as the biology/life science teacher. He earned his masters degree from Wilkes University in 2012 in instructional media. Along with his teaching duties, he also advises the school’s Envirothon team. Ben lives in Westfield with his wife.

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