“Boomerang” Spotlight: Azra Palo

Name:

Azra Palo

Current City/Town:

Springfield

Native City/Town:

Laconia

Tell us a little about yourself.

I work in Windham as the Head of Youth Services at the Nesmith Library. I am the President of the Board for Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) and the Social Media Coordinator of the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA).

Why did you leave New Hampshire?

I left to go to college in Western Massachusetts (Mount Holyoke College) and then I did a year of Americorps in Pennsylvania.

What did you miss most about New Hampshire?

I missed the familiar terrain, the tight knit communities, and no sales tax!

Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?

I don’t know if it was a choice initially! I thought I would stay for a few months until I found another adventure elsewhere, but then I landed a position that would start my career in libraries and ended up falling back in love with New Hampshire.

What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?

I think my favorite childhood memory was the simple summers of going to the lakes, BBQs, and ice cream from the ice cream truck.

What keeps you in the state?

I love my family, my career, my friends, and getting to go outdoors almost every weekend. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

In your travels, what were some cool or unique things you came across that you wish were in New Hampshire?

I remember in Massachusetts there were more places to hang out past 9pm that didn’t have the strict bar scene vibe that a lot of places have. I’m hoping New Hampshire will have more of that!

Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.

Where to start? I’m a big hiker so I’m usually up in the White Mountains or in the Lakes Region hiking. I love being in Southern New Hampshire for all the fun restaurants or social events [pre-COVID]. If I’m not there I’m on the Seacoast checking out the wineries, historical spots or, of course, the ocean.

If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?

I’m a big foodie so probably a HUGE tour through the state sampling food from the North Country to the South. There are so many fabulous restaurants, wineries, and more that have popped up even in the past couple of years that I haven’t even gotten a chance to try!

Why would you consider leaving the state again?

Absolutely not! I enjoy living here and I’m committed to the work that I do with NHLA and CLNH. Our New Hampshire libraries are doing so much to help their communities and I am excited to be part of that growth.

What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?

I think we have an economic advantage as a state that offers SO much in terms of the lakes, mountains, rivers, and the ocean! We have something for everyone of all ages to enjoy and appreciate.

Is there someone in the state that you would like to have coffee with? And why?

Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Growing up, she was the Governor and now seeing her as a Senator has been amazing to watch!
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