Meet Milford Library's Director Jean Tsang

Tsang has helped transform the library into a community center and it happens to be where she met her husband.

In the more than 30 years since she started working in the Children’s Department, Jean Tsang said she remembers many things about the , but one thing stands out.

"I met my husband in the building," she says, the library director since 2005.

That goes back to the flood in June 1982 that inundated the library, city hall and other buildings in and around Milford Center, caused by a horrific rainstorm.

The damage in the library was especially bad in the Children’s Department, which lost every book on the lower three shelves. Naturally, in the Children’s Department, you don’t put the best books on the top shelves.

Months later, Tsang and other library employees were still busy repairing the damage. She said she wanted to add a fish tank to spruce up the Children’s Department, so she asked Bill Tsang, who owned a local pet store, for help. They got married a year later, and she became a permanent Milford resident; although she had spent many summers here living near the beach since she was a child.

Tsang, who has served as the library director since 2005, is originally from New Haven. She got her master’s degree in library science at Southern Connecticut State University and worked for four years at the New Haven Public Library, before taking the children’s librarian job in Milford.

Her husband is now retired and spends some of his time house sitting their pets. "He does a wonderful job of dog sitting," Tsang says.

Renovation and Innovation

Over the years, public libraries have changed a lot because of the new technology that is available. But Tsang said what she’s most proud of is the completion of major renovations that started in 2004.

Those renovations added new windows, new lighting and new artwork on the walls. The Friends of the Milford Library raised the money for the art.

She says improvements and technology upgrades are continuing. Recently, the Republican Women’s Club of Milford donated money to buy four more computers for public Internet access at the Library.

'It takes a village'

Besides her work for the Milford Library, Tsang is also a eucharistic minister at and a member of the United Way of Milford Board of Directors. She has also been the PTA president.

"I love Milford," Tsang says. She is especially pleased with the many people in Milford who donate their time and resources to make it a better place to live.

"What I should say is, it takes a village," Tsang says. "After all these years, I’ve met so many interesting, kind and generous people."

That has greatly helped the library, too. "Because," she says, "they see the library as an important part of their community."

Linda Creedon January 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I am proud to serve as a Board Member for the Library for many years. The transformation under Jean's tutelage has been remarkable and I hope all of Milford realizes that the Library is a destination for Milford citizens and we will continue to grow to meet the needs of our residents. Linda M. Creedon, owner Pegasus Interiors
CuriousOrange January 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I love the Milford library and its librarians.
Michael Brown January 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Go to the Friends of Milford Library Wish List and donate a Book. http://www.foml-ct.org/id46.html
Ardienne Damicis January 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Jean Tsang has made the Milford Library a wonderful place to find interesting books, do genealogy, attend interesting programs, and do research. She is also a Friend of the Milford Historical Society involving it in placing pictures of Milford History on the CT Library website. Ardienne Damicis
Paul Hromjak March 06, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I met Jean Tsang when I did a photography exhibit at the Library. Jean has done a lot to promote the arts and to showcase the work of Milford photographers and artists. I know her leadership there is greatly appreciated. She is a very positive force for the Library and a great person.


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