Norwood Avenue Elementary School
Linda Trott Dickman
What was your first library job?
I was a library intern while I was in library school at the Harborfield Public LIbrary in Greenlawn, NY.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I am proud to be a librarian because I can use everything within and without my reach to bring a lesson to light. I can see students for (often) 6 years and get to know them as individuals as they are growing up. The authors and illustrators that they meet, both in print and in person, can change the way they see the world, each other, and themselves. I love what I do because it changes lives. It equips young learners to be life-long learners.
How do you stay inspired?
My students are my best inspiration. They tell me what they are excited about, and I use it in my instruction. I also open boxes of brand new materials with them, so that they can see my excitement and I can gauge theirs.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I like to kick pebbles down the street. I like doing anonymous small things for people. I rush at the waves.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
Early in my career, a particularly difficult student, Seth, appeared weekly, but did not seem to ever be listening. Week after week he would show up, but wasn’t engaged. Until the day he needed a picture of the Headless Horseman. He raced through the library and followed every single one of the lessons and methods that had been presented over the month and finally we found the picture that he was looking for in a Disney® catalog.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
The archival products. I have a group of students for the first time in 35 years, that are incredibly passionate about old school book restoration and repair. They started in 2nd grade! They are now in 4th grade, and they are studying under a master book restorer in our area. The kids love the corner repair stickers, long handled q-tips and rolled book covers.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would build a reading loft, outfit the window with a showcase to hold a ship inside, put the furniture on casters, and re-carpet.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
With all of the above!
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Become a teacher! Finding out the way that a classroom operates is the best way to understand how to serve that classroom. My undergrad studies were in elementary education at a college that operates in a state that still has one-room school houses. That training gave me a clear path as to how things interconnect.