Roxboro Rd. Middle School
Patrons Your Library Serves:
5th–7th grade students and faculty
What was your first library job?
When I was 14 years old, I was hired as a library aide for the Baldwinsville Public Library. I was so proud of this position although my favorite part of my time there was hiding in between the bookshelves to read Judy Blume books!
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I am proud because I feel promoting reading is also promoting imagination, inquiry and knowledge which to me is the foundation of a well-rounded student and person. Nothing is better than a student coming to renew a book because they want to read it again!! Or a student coming up to me with a “light bulb over the head” moment because they were doing research and were excited by the information they discovered!
How do you stay inspired?
As cliché as it might sound, inspiration always comes from the students. The obstacle of a student proclaiming they don’t like to read and there are NO good books in the library is one of the best challenges I face! Finding the perfect match that gives this student the opportunity to discover reading isn’t the “enemy” it’s my number one inspiration!
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
The one thing people would not guess from me is that I had a very difficult time learning to read and it wasn’t until I was in 5th grade that my teacher noticed that I was in real jeopardy. After she spoke with my mother (who was shocked to hear this!) she took me under her wing and made it her mission to get me to read on grade level. I too did not like the idea of reading. Not one bit!!!
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
Wow!! The best day??!! How do I choose a best day? What makes a best day? Perhaps when a student discovers that mummies had their brains taken out through their nose? I love looking at their face! Or when I get to read from The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and the students laugh and cry with me? Or when classes have gone on Virtual Field Trips to NASA and get to talk to an astronaut? Or maybe when a new shy student comes into the library with sad eyes and leaves with bright eyes? Or when the library was renovated? Or maybe…….my first day of work out of graduate school. When I could anticipate and dream about all the journeys coming my way!
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
This might seem silly — but the promotional objects because they are bright, colorful — often funny — are my favorite things to order because I know the students will be excited about them.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
If the sky were the limit I would purchase as many books as I could as well as laptops and tablets. I would also have as many author visits as possible!
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I envision it with much more technology. Probably technology that isn’t even available yet. But I sure do hope their are books with paper on the bookshelves!!
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
- Keep a sense of humor!
- Respect all students and staff!
- Read as much as you can (even picture books and even if you are a secondary librarian!!)
- Keep a sense of humor!!!!