The Media-Upper Providence Free Library is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Library Director, Sandra Samuel. Ms. Samuel started her library career in the Washington D.C. area as a School Library Media Specialist before moving to the Philadelphia area where her family resides. In a career that spans over 25 years, Ms. Samuel has worked in the Chester County Library System, as the Director of Youth Services for the Phoenixville Public Library, and most recently in the Delaware County Library System, as the Director of the Lansdowne Public Library.
Moving to Philadelphia, after graduating from George Washington University with a BA in Communication, Minor in Music and obtaining her MLS from the University of Maryland, was a return to her father’s hometown. Even though foreign service led the family all over the world, with her Welsh grandfather working as Wannamaker’s Mr. Fix-it handyman, Philly was always home base.
Ms. Samuel started school in France, then moved to Germany and later lived in Japan for her formative teenage years. Throughout all her travels, the Library, was the threshold to everywhere she wanted to go. Researching and cataloging Mythology, Folk and Fairy tales, Ms. Samuel found their influence on Opera and all literature a lifelong professional and personal passion. It all started at the local library, which can enrich and empower everyone of any age, as Dr. Seuss says it best: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
From family roots in the Philadelphia area and now “Via media” or at the “middle road” in life, Sandra Samuel truly feels welcome in “Everybody’s Hometown” and is privileged to serve as the Media – Upper Providence Free Library Director.