Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
Blessed Sacrament School Library. It’s where my storytelling and poetry recitations began.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I love to get kids excited about words and curious about the world around them.
How do you stay inspired?
Former students tell me how much my classes meant to them. This happens all the time and fills me with joy!
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
For fun, I read, give parties, and love up my grand-babies. People would not guess that I am a singing actress and a New York State (NYS) voice adjudicator.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
I was using A Boy and a Jaguar by Dr. Alan Rabinowitz to get students to think about endangered animals and overcoming disabilities. I used World Book Online’s Comparing Animals, and students lit up with excitement to find out about their favorite animals’ status compared to big cats. They couldn’t wait to come up and interact with the Smartboard. Discussions just flew around the room, and inspired some deep thinking.
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If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
My library was destroyed in a flood in 2011. We have been working out of 2 old, crumbling Catholic schools and my “library” is in the corner of the cafeteria. Our new school is being built, set to open next November. Yet, we are told that the architect will design the library exactly as THEY want it, and do not want our input. If I could have input, I would like a small stage for poetry reciters, display cases for my museum approach to teaching, words on the wall: enthusiasm, curiosity, and quotes from famous authors.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
A library should not be a garage for computers. The library should be “the place where they keep the truth serum and the magic carpets” (Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick). I would like it to be a place where the community comes to share ideas as well as the students. I would storytelling to flourish and plenty of magic, too.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
If you don’t have a passion for books, learning new things, and getting children excited about the power of words, get a different job. If you do, surround yourself with positive colleagues and helpful parents, and ignore the naysayers. Join your local, state, & national library associations to stay current and get inspired.