Milford Library Director Jean Tsang to Retire

In a letter to Mayor Blake and Library Board Members, Tsang describes the renovation of the Milford Library and the addition of eBooks and downloadable audio-books as high points in her career.


After 33 years of service to the City of Milford, Jean Tsang is stepping down at Director of the Milford Public Library on June 21, 2013. She sent her letter of resignation to Mayor Blake and Library Board Members on February 5.

Speaking to Milford Patch, Tsang noted that she and her husband will continue to live in Milford and she will continue with various volunteering activities in town. Tsang went on to say that she will work with the new director, doing everything that she can to help and "make the transition a smooth one."

In her letter, Jean Tsang wrote "My years at the Milford Public Library have been fulfilling. I have always strived to do the best I could to make our library a better place." 

Mayor Blake called Tsang's retirement a "great loss" for the City, but noted that she has given enough notice that it will make for a "smooth transition." Mayor Blake described Tsang's time with the Milford Library as a "storied career."

Below is a copy of Jean Tsang's letter of resignation, written on February 5:

Dear Mayor Blake & Library Board Members.

When I began working at Milford Public Library in October of 1980, I envisioned a two to three year commitment. Little did I imagine that I would be drawn into the warmth and charm of a generous community that would become my year round home!

The renovation of our building and the addition of eBooks and downloadable audio-books have been high points in my career. Of course, there were hardships. The Flood of 1982, a leaky roof, and budgetary constraints made for challenges.

My years at the Milford Public Library have been fulfilling. I have always strived to do the best I could to make our library a better place. I have had the privilege of working with a dedicated and supportive staff that provides top-notch service; everyone has worked together to make our always improving service a reality.

It is with mixed emotions that I resign my position as Library Director effective June 21, 2013. The time is right for me both personally and professionally to retire. It is also time for someone with stronger technological skills and a fresh eye to take on this challenging position. I will do everything within my power to help the Library Board make a wise choice. I know the transition will be a smooth one for staff, Board, and Friends.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful community. I thank each of you for your mutual respect and support of our library and myself.


Jean S. Tsang

Library Director


RONALD M GOLDWYN February 27, 2013 at 01:03 PM
The main charity efforts of Lions Clubs International has been in the field o sight saving. This came about decades ago in a deal made with Helen Keller. Here in milford the local club has provided special electronic equipment to allow sight handicapped neighbors to enlarge the type of all written material. This can be found in the main and woodmont branch libraries as well as in the Milford Senior center. We annually provide funds for the growth of our large print library. We will continue to help our library and will truly miss Jean Tsang who has made such strides to make our library into a top system.
Kathy Kobishyn February 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Jean Tsang has a terrific job as Director of the Milford Public Library. With a creative spirit and a great staff, Jean has brought the Library into the 21 st Century. The members of the Milford Garden Club will be forever grateful to her for her enthusiastic support for our efforts to create and maintain the garden at the library. Congratulations to her and best wishes for this new chapter in her life.
Larissa Watt February 27, 2013 at 02:58 PM
She is a kind woman who is an asset to our library. I have many memories of her while I would come to work with my mom (when she worked at the library) on occasion as a small child.
Greg Pavlucik February 27, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Jean is an awesome problem solver. Thanks, Jean!!!
Peter Spalthoff February 28, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Jean is one of those un-sung heros who has consistently done an excellent job as the director of the Library but she also goes beyond those duties to help out the Milford community by serving on boards like the United Way to further give of herself. She has served our community well and will be missed. Congratulations Jean and trust me, you are going to love being retired..
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 28, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Peter, I have been retired for over 20 years ever since my doctor said I had to reduce my activities. So I did, by giving up my daytime job. I find that due to my civic, political and fraternal activities, I'm working more hours. Not for my financial gain but to help my community. Jean mark my words, you will find yourself in the same boat.


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