Brookline Public Library
Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
I worked the desk part-time at Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH. It’s where I first realized I could be paid for doing something I absolutely love.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
Being a librarian makes me proud because I’m in such great company. Librarians as a group are bright, passionate, well-read, dedicated, generous and open-minded.
How do you stay inspired?
When I’m feeling a little overwhelmed or down in the dumps, I make time for a conference, class, workshop or roundtable. Working with peers always recharges my batteries — there’s always someone who has come up with a marvelous idea!
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I adore audiobooks and love finding new authors and narrators to recommend. I also like chickens, gardening, world music and traveling. Most people would never guess that I am shy, partly because my passion for stories helps to overcome those inward-facing dragons.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
One of my all-time best days (most days at the library are great days!) was the morning that a patron — who had been angry about some of the changes being made — came in and admitted that she was actually enjoying her visits more, and that she felt we were doing a good job for the community.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
The wonderful selection of bookmarks!
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
This is a fun exercise … let’s build a new solar-powered zero-carbon non-toxic facility with lots of room to expand, inside and out. We’ll have space for the many different needs of the community, including quiet areas and rooms for collaborative work. We’ll have private meeting space for smaller groups, and a large room for big programs and events (with kitchen facilities for cooking classes). We’ll offer seeds for budding gardeners, as well as books and how-to programs. Our library will offer up-to date technology, a local and regional history collection, makerspace with tools and materials for kids and adults to imagine, design and create. The library will be *the* place to read, to share, to dream.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
Our library will continue to offer stories in many formats (print, audio, physical and digital books, magazines, music and movies). People will come to the library to learn new skills, to share their own knowledge with others, to find social time with friends and to connect with the past. Of course, if I had any sense of future trends, I’d have invested in tech companies long ago …
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Life can be serious, and we tend to be passionate … so stop to enjoy a good belly laugh now and then. Spend time each day laughing, taking in cartoons, jokes, word play … then share it with others.