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Welcome Jenny Bakos, Executive Director WCFL

Washington County Free Library Board of Trustees Appoints New Executive Director: Jenny Bakos to Become WCFL’s 9th Executive Director

Hagerstown, MD – The Board of Trustees of Washington County Free Library has named Jenny Bakos as the county’s library system Executive Director effective December 9, 2019. Ms. Bakos replaces Mary Baykan who retired on October 31, 2019.

Ms. Bakos is currently the Director of Blackwater Regional Library and its ten branches that serve the counties of the Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex, as well as the city of Franklin in Virginia. She grew up in Newport News and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her Master’s in Library and Information Science was awarded by the University of South Carolina.

Jenny’s eleven-year tenure with public libraries in Virginia has included increasingly responsible positions in the Blackwater Regional Library starting as a Branch Manager I, then II. Since 2014 she has served as Library Director. She chairs the Tidewater Area Library Directors Council, is Chair of the Southern Virginia Libraries United electronically (SOVALUe), and is an active member of the Isle of Wright Workforce Development Committee. She previously worked as a Library Assistant in Hampton Public Library and as a Children’s Librarian in Suffolk Public Library.

The Board is confident that Jenny’s vision, demonstrated leadership, and many talents will position her to lead WCFL as it builds on its successes, works to continuously enhance the services offered to patrons, and adds value to the Washington County community.

Jenny will be officially joining WCFL on December 9, 2019.  She and her husband are looking forward to relocating permanently to the area in early 2020 upon his retirement from the Navy.

For further information, please contact Kathleen O’Connell at 301-739-3250 ext. 166 or