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The city of Roanoke Rapids today announced that Leigh Ann Brodsky has been named the city's head librarian.

The Roanoke Rapids native will begin her new duties on November 15, parks and recreation director John Simeon said in a statement.

Brodsky replaces longtine librarian Jeff Watson, who recently retired.


Simeon said Brodsky “brings an abundance of experience” to the city.

She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from North Carolina State University and her masters in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of  the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.

She received a public librarian professional certificate from the state of New York.

Before accepting the job in Roanoke Rapids she was the senior children’s librarian for the Midwood Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

“I look forward to meeting her and her family. We welcome her back home,” said City Manager Kelly Traynham. “I am confident she is going to bring her vast experience to our public library.”

Simeon said, “Leigh Ann brings a wealth of experience and excellent programming skills combined with an urban perspective.”

He said, “Growing up and originally from Roanoke Rapids, I feel this makes a perfect fit for our library and community.”