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New Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo, center, attends her first trustees meeting on Wednesday.

New North Adams Librarian Holds First Meeting

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees welcomed new Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo last week.
 
Sanfilippo, the former director of the library at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, gave her first director's report Wednesday.
 
"I would like to officially welcome Sarah ... Sarah has started a week and a half ago and by all accounts, things are going swimmingly," Chairman Rich Remsberg said.
 
Sanfilippo was hired in April to replace retiring director Mindy Hackner. Sanfilippo started April 29 and Hackner agreed to stay on until the end of May to help with the transition. 
 
Sanfilippo said she has been busy getting to know the library.
 
"Since I have only been here a week and a half my report is rather short," she said. "We had a cleaning day on my second day and it was good for me because I got to see where all the parts of the collection were."
 
Sanfilippo said she did move her office back into the cafe, where the director's office was before. 
 
She said she is still getting to know the patrons.
 
"I have been seeing a lot of faces if not meeting people officially," she said.
 
Hackner said she has been working with Sanfilippo and has been impressed.
 
"I want to congratulate the board because I think you made a very wise decision," Hackner said. "She has hit the ground running and will do exactly what you need her to do."
 
Sanfilippo thanked Hackner.
 
"I know I have a lot to live up to,"  she said.

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MCLA Men's Soccer Team Snaps 22-Game Losing Streak

NASHUA, N.H. -- MCLA's Rafael Castro scored a pair of goals and the Trailblazers held off host Rivier 2-1 this evening in non conference men's soccer action.
 
The win snapped a 22-game skid for the Trailblazers dating back to the 2017 season.
 
Castro got MCLA (1-4) off to a strong start collecting his first goal of the night in the 14th minute off a Garrett DeRosia assist for a 1-0 advantage. The Trailblazers kept the lead into halftime even though Rivier (0-4-1) outshot the visitors 6-1 in the opening half.
 
Castro would strike again in the 68th minute. He would score unassisted to up the margin to 2-0 with just 22 minutes left to play. Rivier didn't go quietly however as Kelvin Cortez would strike in the 72nd minute to trim the deficit to just 2-1, still with 18 minutes to play.
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