Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf has named Sonia Alcantara-Antoine as Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Newport News. She begins her new position September 18 with an annual salary of $122,000 and overseeing a $4.6 million operating budget including a staff of 91 employees.
“I am excited that Sonia is joining our leadership team,” said Rohlf. “I look forward to working with her and the library staff to continue providing outstanding library services and meeting the needs of our library patrons now and in the future.”
Alcantara-Antoine brings over 10 years of progressively responsible experience in library management, educational programming and community services. She comes to Newport News from Virginia Beach where she is Public Services Manager for its library system. Previously, she worked for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore where served in various capacities to include State Resources Center Manager and Library Supervisor II. Alcantara-Antoine has been an active member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association and the Maryland Library Association where she has held leadership positions and served on various committees. In addition, Alcantara-Antoine has been a peer reviewer for such programs as the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and the All-America City Awards, a campaign that encourages grade-level reading.
Alcantara-Antoine possesses a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Gulf Coast University. She also holds a master’s degree in Library Science from Florida State University and is working towards a second master’s degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. She replaces former director Izabela Cieszynski who retired earlier this year after 34 years of service.
About Newport News Public Library System
Consisting of four full-service libraries and a public law library, the Newport News Public Library System provides free access to information, materials and programs that lead our community to unlock its potential for academic, personal and financial success.