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PRESS PHOTO BY STACEY KOCH Susan Sentz has been named the new director of the Northampton Area Public Library. PRESS PHOTO BY STACEY KOCH Susan Sentz has been named the new director of the Northampton Area Public Library.

Library hasnew director

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by STACEY KOCH Special to The Press in Local News

Susan Sentz loves libraries. So for her, becoming a director of a library is a dream come true.

That dream came true about a month ago when she became Northampton Area Public Library's new director. As a recent graduate of Rutgers University, graduating in 2014 with a master's degree in library and information science, she was previously a librarian clerk at the Lower Macungie Township Library.

In her spare time, Sentz, of Bethlehem, likes to be active outdoors.

"I like to hike, camp, read obviously, spend time with my family and go to concerts," she said.

When asked what has been one of the most enjoyable parts of being the library's new director, Sentz said, "To be honest, meeting and working with the staff. They were all very welcoming. A lot of them have been here for a very long time; it's almost like a family.

"Also, the public's reaction has been really nice. I have people coming in all the time and introducing themselves."

When one hears the word library, one may think all a library is about is books. Sentz is determined to change that stereotype.

"It's tough these days in the 21st century because people still think we're all about books and that's all it is. It's so much more than that right now, just with programs and all the technologies we're starting to offer," Sentz said. "It's just getting people to change that opinion."

The Northampton Area Public Library offers regular tech talks and book discussions throughout the year, but Sentz has also been planning special programs for the next upcoming months.

A Social Security seminar is scheduled for Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m., and a presentation on the history of Dorney Park by the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is planned for Monday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups are requested for these events, Sentz said.

Contact the library at 610-262-7537 if you would like more information or to register.

Another feature of the library Sentz is excited about is the purchase of Zinio, an electronic magazine database, which will be available July 1. Patrons will be able to download electronic magazines from the library's website.

"I just want to keep moving us forward," Sentz said. "I want to add what I can to what the community needs."

The Northampton Area Public Library is located at 1615 Laubach Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.