Head of Youth Services
Dunedin Public Library
Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
After I graduated from the University of Alabama with my MLIS, I worked for 2 years at the main branch of the Birmingham Public Library in the Youth Department. I was a Library Assistant part time.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I am glad to have a great job involving reading, children, story times, computers, games, music at a place that I love with people I adore!
How do you stay inspired?
I listen to the children and I read the new books. I love to do new crafts and programs for the kids!
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I crochet for fun. Most people would not guess that I once rode 38 miles down a volcano on a bicycle in Hawaii.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
I have best days at the library every week! I love my patrons, especially my Baby & Me babies, and the teens who come in — the ones who used to come to my Toddler Times! A best day for me would include story time, lunch with my coworkers at the Thai place around the corner, looking at all the new children’s and teen books we ordered and seeing all the kids when they come in after school for Homework Help.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
BOOK TAPE. It is used in our department for everything.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
Build a bigger building. We have a beautiful building now but we are juggling meeting rooms for probably 200 programs a month between the Youth Department, Adult Department and other outside groups. My dream would be to have my own meeting room with kitchenette for all of our Youth and Teen Programming.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
We will have a new library. We will continue to be a community meeting place and learning commons. I will be retired, unfortunately, but will continue to volunteer here, I hope.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Take your time. Enjoy the books, enjoy the people.