Melody Scagnelli-Townley

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Library Director
Bayonne Public Library
NJ - County
Areas of Expertise
Social media
Social Media Content Creation
Marketing and Public Relations
Information Service | Reference
Customer Service
Digital collections
Young Adult Collection Development & Management
Graphic Novel Collection Development
Children's Collections
LGBTQ Programming & Collections
Local History
Collection development
Award Selection Committee Participation
Adult Program & Services
YA Program & Services
urban libraries
Staff Supervision & Evaluation
Staff Scheduling
Policy Creation
Trustee Meetings
Building Management
Change Management
Types of Libraries I have worked in
About Me

My name is Melody Scagnelli-Townley and I am the Library Director at Bayonne Public Library. Before becoming the Director, I spent seven months as the Interim Director. Before that, I was the Outreach Librarian for 3.5 years. I'm a former American Library Association Emerging Leader, two-time former Over the Rainbow Book List selection committee member, and former Alex Award selection committee member. I am the current Vice President of the New Jersey Library Association’s Urban Libraries section and the President Elect for 2024-2025. At home, I'm a mom to my 3.5 year old toddler who teaches me new things every day, a partner to my husband who supports me in everything I do, and a loving caretaker to my two cats and one senior dog who mostly cause trouble. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, charcuterie board making, cocktail mixing, reading, and playing lots of video games.