February 16, 2018

Tracy LaStella | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

When it comes to creating innovative patron-centered programming, there seems to be nothing that Tracy LaStella can’t do. She joined the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) team as a page in 1990 and, with the encouragement of coworkers such as children’s coordinator Sharon Breen, not only finished her BA but earned her MLS. “Sharon sat me down one day and told me to leave work and go sign up for classes at Stony Brook University,” says LaStella. “[T]hat turned a switch…and gave me the inspiration I needed to finish school.” Now, as coordinator for youth services, LaStella has become a beacon for the community.