The Benjamin School/Lower/Middle School Campus
North Palm Beach, FL
Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
Although I had a degree in Library Science, there were no openings in Florida when I graduated. I was a library clerk at first then I ended up in graduate school for a Master’s degree in Museum Studies. I was cataloging artifacts instead of books! And, after 30 years as a museum curator and educator, I’ve been a school librarian going on 10 years. The children are bright and really engaged in our reading program.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I love seeing a child read his or her first words and continue to love reading into middle and high school. Many of our book orders are done at the request of students who know exactly what they want to read. They devour books and now they devour e-books.
How do you stay inspired?
No two days are the same. I get my own inspiration from seeing children change on an almost daily basis. And, we have a parent/faculty book club that meets bi-monthly. We read the “grown up books” that challenge our thinking and stimulate discussion. The span of ages that we serve really keeps us on our toes.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I like to ride motorcycles with my husband.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
We have a room called “The Story Cottage” that my assistant and her helpers decorate each month. The themes are related to the seasons or to special events here at school and are quite elaborate. Our joy is in seeing the children’s faces light up when they enter the room at the first of each month to see what’s in store for them. Their imaginations kick in and they really believe that they are in a castle or at a dinosaur dig or on a cruise around the world. Those days are my most memorable.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
I recently purchased the CircExtender Rigid Cover IV for our popular paperback series. What a neat idea. It really does transform a paperback book into a hardcover that will last a lot longer.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I have been keeping an idea book of products and design concepts for the day when our budget will allow for a complete makeover. I would get rid of our tables and old chairs and replace them with movable, flexible, colorful furniture. I would also replace our stained carpet with sound-deadening tile that is easy to clean. Our library serves many purposes, sometimes with food service. Upgrading our electrical service and AC would be great too.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
We would probably be in a different building altogether with state-of-the-art technology and surroundings. It might still be a multi-functional space but one that would allow for a creative makerspace, discussion “pods,” studio space for music tutorials and space for social networking (and I don’t mean digital networking but real face-to-face connecting).
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Hang out with young people. They teach us!