Friday, May 26, 2017

Employee Spotlight Haley

This week's employee spotlight is on Haley. Haley can usually be found working at the teen or upstairs circulation desk. In addition to her regular library duties, Haley also manages the NPL blog (including weekly employee spotlights featuring her co-workers), creates the monthly NPL newsletter, and supplies the weekly staff update to help ensure that we are all kept current on library happenings.  I asked Haley a few questions to get to know her a little better.

Q: How long have you worked at Newark Library?

A: About 10 months.

Q: What made you interested in working at the library?

A: I majored in English at college, and have loved books since a young age. I used to come to NPL all the time when I was younger!

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Q: Tell me one interesting or unusual fact about yourself.

A: My left leg is a fraction of an inch longer than my right leg, meaning that my spine is crooked to correct the difference.

Q: What do you like to do when you're not working?

A: I like to knit, spin, play video games, run, and hang out with my family.

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Q: What would you do if you didn't work at the library?

A: If I didn’t work at the library, I’d most likely go back to school to get a Ph.D., and then teach English at a university.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: I don’t think I could pick just one favorite, but a few that I’ve really enjoyed are The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, and The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood. That’s without even getting into the classics!

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Q: What do you enjoy most about working at the library?

A: I like helping people - it’s the best feeling in the world when you can direct someone to find exactly the book they wanted, or to help them with something on the computer that they don’t understand.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: For a while I wanted to be a veterinarian.

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Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: I guess graduating college, although I like to think that my greatest achievement is yet to come.

Q: What fictional character best represents you?

A: I definitely identified with Hermione Granger as a kid, but I don't really anymore. Maybe Jessica Jones now?

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Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: London. I lived there for four months in undergrad, and it’s my favorite place in the world.

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Q: Favorite song at the moment/favorite band?

A: My favorite band is Fall Out Boy. I’m mostly just waiting patiently for them to release their new album. 

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Q: Pet peeves?

A: Hypocrisy, or people who are unnecessarily rude to customer service staff.

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?

A: I’ll be the cliché millennial and say my phone.

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Q: If you were a superhero, what would your power be?

A: I’d like the power to manipulate time. I could go back to my favorite memories, skip lines, pause if I had a deadline coming up, redo awkward conversations…the list is endless!

Q: Who would play you in a movie?

A: Sarah Chalke, probably – you might know her as Elliott from Scrubs.

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Q: What's on your bucket list?

A: I’d like to run a marathon and/or write a book.

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Q: What is an ability you wish you had?

A: I wish I could sing – I try anyway, but I sound awful!

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Q: Favorite quote?

A: “Do I dare disturb the universe?” From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

June Programs and Events

Adult Programs:

Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
Each Thursday of the month, we play a different game. The first Thursday is Euchre, the second is Cribbage, the third is Hearts, the fourth is Dealer's Choice, and the fifth is Bunco.
Newark Knitting Circle - Thursdays at 6:30 P.M.
If you knit or crochet, come meet others to craft.
Crafting With Becky Sloane: Painting Flowers - June 5th at 6 P.M.
Continue to learn how to paint flowers with master crafter Becky Sloane!
Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M.
Whether you're familiar with this Chinese tile game or not, come to play!
Resume Help - Wednesdays a 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.
A resume is one of the most important documents that you can build, so if you need to create one from scratch or punch up an existing one, we can help you.
Board Meeting - June 8th at 6:30 P.M.
The monthly meetings of the Newark Public Library Board of Directors are open to the public, so if you're interested in the behind the scenes running of the library, feel free to sit in.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day June 10th at 10 A.M.
We're hosting an event for Worldwide Knit in Public day! Bring your own blanket and project to work on, or take part in the community yarn bomb we will be doing!
Makercraft: Make Your Own Pincushion June 12th 
In honor of National Sewing Machine Day, make your own pincushion, either a sew or no sew version.

Gadget Guide - June 12th and June 26th at 6 P.M.
If you have a gadget, tech toy, or any bit of machinery that's giving you trouble, bring it down to the library so that Graham, our resident tech guy, can help you out with it.
Having Trouble Paying Your Student Loans? - June 14th at 6 P.M.
The New York State Department of Financial Services will present a program designed to help you pay back your student loans!
Sewing School at the Library - June 15th at 6 P.M.
Come by to learn how to sew on new NPL sewing machines, which will soon be available for loan! We will be making a beach bag.
Yoga with Refuel Fitness - June 17th at 10 A.M.
A trainer from Refuel Fitness will be coming to the library to teach a beginner's Yoga class. Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Board Game Night - June 19th at 4 P.M.
If you're looking for some Monday night fun, come and join us for a board game night! We have everything from Chess to Scrabble.
Beyond the Covers: Book Discussion - June 19th at 6:30 P.M.
June's book will be The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Based on the story of a Belgian woman named Andree de Jongh, the novel follows the story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, and their attempts to survive the German occupation of France during World War II.

Zumba with Refuel Fitness - June 24th at 10 A.M.
A trainer from Refuel Fitness will be coming out to teach a beginner's Zumba class. Wear comfortable clothing, and be ready to move!

Child and Teen Programs:

Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays at 10 A.M.
Join us every Tuesday morning for an hour of stories, songs, dancing, and fun!
LEGO Night - June 7th at 6 P.M.
Use the library's extensive collection of LEGOs to invent, build, and create!