What I do at the library: I engage adult learners through targeted programs and services. For example, I coordinate Job Seeker Seminars for adults on a monthly basis. I also coordinate job readiness workshops for teens during the summer. I teach computer classes, and I lead and coordinate our Words on Wednesday book discussions. I run the library’s summer reading program at various local retirement communities. I’m the point person for providing and coordinating test proctoring services. I serve as a deputy registrar for voter registration. You might see me at the second- or third-floor service desk, where I answer questions in person and by phone every day.
How I turn outward in my everyday work: Whether I am serving community members inside the library or at another location in Oak Park, I keep the library’s three strategic priorities—engagement, learning, and stewardship—in mind. I provide technology help and training in digital literacy to older adults who live in local retirement communities. A few months ago, I gave a presentation at Oak Park and River Forest High School on the library’s programs and services for parents and their teens. I lead the Words on Wednesday book discussions at the Main Library and also at a local retirement center. Recently, I gave a presentation at the West Suburban Temple Har Zion, in River Forest, on services and resources available for the visually impaired. I connect job seekers to local agencies, where experts give them free in-person advice on resumes and job interview preparation. As an "embedded" librarian, I firmly believe in providing library programs and services beyond the walls of the library.
My favorite “hidden library gem”: Our free Job Seeker Seminars. I’m delighted to report that 30 job seekers have found jobs after attending the library’s seminars to improve their own job search skills.
My favorite thing about Oak Park: Our diverse and progressive community, excellent schools, great businesses, notable architecture, and rich history make Oak Park a great place to live. It’s fun to take my out-of-town friends and relatives to restaurants, theaters, and architectural tours in Oak Park.
What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: Currently, I’m reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. I have recently read All the Light We Cannot See, Being Mortal, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Olive Kitteridge, and Orphan Train.
I just finished listening to The Oak Ridge Boys, The Definitive Collection; Hank Williams, His Greatest Hits, vol. 1: Honky Tonkin’; The Black Keys, El Camino; Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella and Louis; Tracy Chapman, New Beginning; Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra; and The Essential James Taylor. Right now, I’m enjoying Kind of Blue by Miles Davis and Miles from India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis.
Recently I’ve watched Concert for George, The Music Room by Satyajit Ray, Raise the Red Lantern by Zhang Yimou, Selma, The Twilight Samurai, The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen), Tim’s Vermeer, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and The Martian. I’ve just started watching Ken Burns’ TV series The Roosevelts.
(January 29, 2016)