April 6, 2020

Former Essex Library Director to be Chief Operating Office of Queens Library

Former Director of the Essex Library, Bridget Quinn-Carey

Bridget Quinn-Carey, former Director of the Essex Library from 1999 to 2007, will become the Chief Operating Officer of the Queens Library in New York City effective April 4.  The Queens Library consists of 62 local libraries in the Borough of Queens, and serves a population of 2.3 million.

Ms. Quinn-Carey will hold the number two position at the library. Her predecessor in this position was paid $210,000 a year.

Quinn-Carey is presently the Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, a position that she took immediately after her service at the Essex Library. The Buffalo/Erie County library system has 37 branch libraries, and the director’s salary is $102,000 a year.  

On the director’s departure, the Chairperson of the board, Sharon A. Thomas, said,    “Bridget has been an amazingly strong leader. Her dedication, energy and expertise have all gone toward making this a better and stronger Library System for everyone.”

While serving as the Director of the Essex Library, Quinn-Carey oversaw a $2.5 million expansion of the town’s library. The building was enlarged from 4,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet, and the expansion included a new children’s area, a new young adult section, an expanded reading area with computers for adults, among other improvements. 

Ms Quinn-Carey received a salary of $70,000 a year while head of the Essex Library. During her service, both the director and the library received an award from the New York Times for the Essex Library being, one of the best small town libraries in the United States. 

Quinn-Carey is married to Attorney James W. Carey and the couple has two daughters. They live in upstate New York.

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