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Schenectady County Legislature Appoints New Director of Library Operations

Schenectady County Public Library

The Schenectady County Legislature appointed Charity Thorne as the new director of library operations of the Schenectady County Public Library System (SCPL) last night.

Longtime SCPL Director Karen Bradley, who served in the role since 2012, retired earlier this year. The county conducted a nation-wide search for a new executive director over the last several months before offering the position to Ms. Thorne.

“Schenectady County is home to 9 branch libraries that provide so much more than just books,” said Schenectady County Legislator Sara Mae Pratt, Chair of the Education & Libraries Committee. “We’re excited for Charity to join our SCPL team and look forward to working with her to continue providing the excellent library services and programming our community depends on.”

Charity Thorne

Charity Thorne was raised in Rotterdam, NY and started her library career shelving items at the Rotterdam Branch of Schenectady County Public Library in 2004. She graduated from SUNY Albany in 2009 and has spent time working in public libraries in Florida, Texas, and Illinois after graduating with her MLIS degree. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the La Grange Public Library in the Chicago suburbs.

Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL)

SCPL is operated by Schenectady County and is made up of 9 branch libraries located throughout the county. More information about SCPL, including locations and hours of operation, is available at