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Chris Manna

Library Director


With Kennett Library Since: 2021

Favorite Book: The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek & Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Favorite Movie: Casablanca and The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

About Me: Born and raised in Baltimore, I attended the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Oklahoma for my 3 degrees. After living across the country for the past 8 years, it’s great to move back East with my wife (from Chester County) and son. I love coaching youth academy soccer and the outdoors. I’m committed to community engagement and look forward to being a part of the Kennett community. 

Filomena Elliott

 Adult Literacy Director

610-444-2702 ext. 110

With Kennett Library since: 2015

Favorite Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo & any historical novel

Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

About me: Besides reading, cooking and hiking, I love to travel and learn about new places and cultures.

Laura Florence

Collections Development Coordinator

With Kennett Library Since: 2016

Favorite Book: any title by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau

About me: I love being part of the Kennett Library staff and the Kennett Square community! I enjoy walking my dog through the lovely streets in town. If you see me on such a walk or sitting in the sun reading a book on the bench by the library – come say hi! I look forward to meeting you!

John Hendrix

Children’s Services

With Kennett Library since: 2002

Favorite Book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Count of Monte Cristo

Favorite Movie: Star Wars A New Hope, Shawshank Redemption

About Me: Star Wars A New Hope, Shawshank Redemption

About Me: I served in the US Army (1990-1994) and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, graduated from West Chester University (BSED), my favorite pastime is reading and listening about documentaries about History. I enjoy spending time with my family and have a goal to be able to visit all 50 states.

Debbie Kellar

Circulation Manager and Interlibrary Loan

610-444-2702 ext. 106

With Kennett Library since: 2008

Favorite Book: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

About Me: I enjoy spending time with family, long walks, animals, gardening, and antiques.


Amanda Murphy

Programs and Social Media Coordinator

610-444-2702 ext. 102

With Kennett Library Since: 2020

Favorite Book: Anything by Gillian Flynn or Kiese Laymon

Favorite Movie: V For Vendetta

About me: I’m a writer fond of fire trucks, yoga mats, and a strong cup of matcha. I’m a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, working towards an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Other than reading and writing, some of my favorite things to do are hiking and kayaking with people I love.

Lupe Ruiz

Adult Literacy Program Assistant

With Kennett Library since: 2005

Favorite Book: Every book I read becomes my favorite.

Favorite Movie: Apocalypto, among others

About Me: I am curious about the past so I like history and love Greek mythology! 


Paul Sapko

Reference/Circulation Desk Librarian

With Kennett Library since: 2008

Favorite Book: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Movie: The Great Escape

About me: When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my family. Besides reading, my favorite leisure activities include playing guitar, listening to classic rock, and hiking.

Marilyn Truell

Technical Services/Development Assistant

With Kennett Library since: 2021

Favorite Book: “The Girl Before” by J. P. DeLaney and “Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Redemption” by Jerald Walker

Favorite Movie/Series: Schools Daze and Airheads/Lovecraft Country and Black Monday

About me: I’m an artist of several mediums and I love anything involving creativity and expression. I enjoy spending time on the beach (preferably at midnight under the stars 😊), travelling, learning about/exploring different cultures and spending time with family.

Laura Archer

Circulation Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2021

Favorite Book: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice (‘05), Howl’s Moving Castle

About me: I love spending time with my family and cats. Most nights, I play video games and DM homebrew Dungeons & Dragons campaigns with my best friends. I also enjoy reading and writing fan-fiction. I’m planning to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Library Science.

Eve Fisher

Library Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2016

Favorite Book: The Catcher in the Rye & What is the What

Favorite Movie: Harold and Maude & Living Out Loud

About me: I am a writer who has been published in two volumes of Braving Veracity, an anthology of personal essays by Brandywine Women Writers, as well as The Sun magazine. I am a nature person, a baker, and an extroverted introvert. I am known at the library for taking out way more books than I can read!

Anna Linn

Library Assistant 

With Kennett Library Since: 2017

Favorite Book: Pillars of the Earth

Favorite Movie: Christmas Story

About Me: I enjoy visiting new places, gardening, crossword puzzles, time with family, & curling up with a good book.

Gaby McKelligan

Library Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2019

Favorite Book: Call me by your name by Andre Aciman

Favorite Movie: The Painted Veil

About me: My favorite thing about living in USA is the access to wonderful libraries. I’m a romance reading advocate and a very inexperienced parent. Si habla español puedo ayudarle.

Annie Mendiola

Circulation Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2021

Favorite Book: The Power Of Now

Favorite Movie: Legally Blonde

About me: I love to read and write in my free time. My favorite genre of books is nonfiction. I enjoy things such as beauty, fashion and makeup. I currently go to Kennett High School and plan to graduate in 2023.

Dan Pennacchia

Programming Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2018

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park

About Me: I’m immersed in nerd culture, from comics to games and so much more. I love sharing my passions and hobbies with those around me, and have a blast doing so through a number of library programs.

Andrea Rios

Circulation Assistant

With Kennett Library Since: 2020

Favorite Book: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Favorite Movie: Jupiter Ascending

About me: I am currently a senior at Kennett High School. I plan to study psychology next year to work in social or community psychology in the future. I enjoy reading, drawing and listening to music.