Captiva Memorial Library welcomes new librarian
Amie Lemire, Captiva Memorial Library’s newest branch manager and senior librarian, has had over a decade of experience in working in different library systems all over the country.
Lemire will become full-time at the library Sept. 7. Until then, she is training once a week on Tuesdays.
“This is my dream job,” Lemire said. “I’ve always wanted to work at a library by the beach that had close ties to its community.”
As branch manager and senior librarian, she is tasked with running the branch, collection development, supervising her colleagues and programming.
“(I want to) get a sense of what the people on Captiva want to see out of their library and give it to them,” Lemire said. “The community interest and support in this library is so strong. I want Captiva Memorial Library to be what Captiva residents have dreamed of it to be and want it to be.”
Before coming to the Captiva Memorial Library, she worked at the Fort Myers Regional Library as head of reference for over a year. Before moving to Fort Myers in May 2016, Lemire worked at a library in Connecticut as an adult reference librarian and a young adult outreach librarian.
Lemire obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1997. From there, she worked at Conde Nast as an editorial assistant and online content copy editor until 2003. In 2004, she received her master’s degree in cinema and media studies at City University of New York. As soon as she graduated, Lemire went on to earn a second master’s degree in library and information science at Pratt Institute in New York. In 2005, she began working at the New York Public Library as a library assistant. Within five years, she was running her own library branch in the Financial District of Manhattan.
After working at the New York Public Library for six years, Lemire traded her hectic city life for island paradise: she and her family moved to St. John, which is a part of the Virgin Islands, in 2011.
“My joke is that I went from an island of 9 million people to an island of 2,000 people. It was a little bit of a culture shock but I immediately took to island living because it had a sense of peace and tranquility and community – everything I needed in my life at that moment. It helped me reset my path and think about my goals and where I want to be,” Lemire said.
During her stint on St. John, Lemire worked at the island’s only book store for two and a half years. While there, she quickly learned her customer’s likes and needs which essentially goes hand in hand with collection development – one of her favorite aspects about being a librarian.
“I’m so excited to meet the patrons and get a sense of what kinds of genres and authors they like, and then I can tailor the library’s collections, programs and events to the community’s interests. That’s the fun part,” Lemire said.