Friday, July 07, 2017

Employee Spotlight - Peg Pelletier

Q: How long have you worked at Newark Library?

A: 24 years.

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

A: A passion for lifelong learning.

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

A: I have a degree in Environmental Studies.

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

A: I work seven days a week (four of them at NPL), so there isn't a lot of "not working" time, but I like to ride my bike, work on my farm, and read.


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

A: Go insane.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Nope, there is no favorite book - way too many to choose from. And some not written yet...

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

A: Helping to connect people with information.

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

A: A recluse.

Q: What fictional character best represents you?

A: People have told me I remind them of Anna Pigeon in the Nevada Barr series, but I don't quite see that...

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

A: Africa - the birthplace of humanity.

Q: Pet peeves?

A: Are not worth wasting energy on.

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?

A: Oxygen

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

A: Invisibility.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A: To live in the desert in an off-grid house.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?

A: We all have so many abilities that we don't think we have, but I constantly work on being less hard on myself (usually with little success).

Q: Favorite quote?

A: "If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you." Which is often attributed to Winnie the Pooh, but was actually Christopher Robin.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Employee Spotlight - Julie Howard

 This week's employee spotlight is on Julie. Julie has been working at the library for quite a long time, and is therefore one of the most knowledgeable members of staff. Apart from her duties on the front desk, Julie does many other behind the scenes jobs, such as acquiring and putting out new materials. I asked Julie a few questions to get to know her a little better.

Q: How long have you worked at Newark Library?

A: In October I will be here 17 years.

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

A: It was a familiar place as I brought all 3 of my children for Story Hour every week.

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

A: My daughter and I watch every Academy Award nominated movie every year before the Academy Awards.

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

A: I spend time with my family, read, cross stitch, and watch TV: reality shows (Project Runway, Say Yes to the Dress, Amazing Race, Top Chef) and Game of Thrones.

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

A: Work with children.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Children's book: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Adult book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I like reading about the World War II era.


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

A: The patrons and seeing them outside work (Wegmans, church).

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

A: I only ever wanted to be a mother.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: My three children (ages 36, 23, 20)

Q: What fictional character best represents you?

A: Marmee (Little Women) as she, the mother, was the glue that held the family together and Charlotte (Charlotte's Web) as she cared so deeply for others.


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

A: Ireland!

Q: Favorite song at the moment/favorite band?

A: I like top 40 (Bruno Mars, Adele), and I love musicals. Also, I really like 70s music (Journey, America, Foreigner, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac), and disco music!

Q: Pet peeves?

A: Having the toilet tissue roll not replaced, cabinet doors left open, and having a car pull out in front of me and make the very next turn.

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?

A: Family and chocolate!

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

A: See into the future.

Q: Who would play you in a movie?

A: I love anything Meryl Streep is in, but it wouldn't be a very exciting film as I lead a very "normal" life.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A: Visit Ireland (research family history).

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?

A: To think fast on my feet.

Q: Favorite quote?

A: "May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
-Traditional Gaelic blessing.

Friday, June 23, 2017

July Programs and Events

This summer, we have a ton of new programs at Newark Public Library. For adults, we have a series of exercise classes, some craft classes, and a program about local birds. For kids and teens, we have several recurring programs, including free lunches, Teen Thursdays, and Kids Create. In addition, the library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

Adult Programs:

Resume Help - Wednesdays at 1 P.M. and 4 P.M.
Need to create or tweak a resume in order to score that perfect job? Stop by the library to get help!
Cards in the Library - Thursdays at 4 P.M.
Every month, we host a different card game every week. The first Thursday of the month is Euchre, the second is Cribbage, the third is Hearts, and the fourth is Dealer's Choice. 
Learn About NYS Birds and Local Birding - July 7th at 5 P.M.
Our resident bird expert, Conan, will be teaching a class all about local birds, where to find them, and what happens to them throughout the seasons. 
 
PIYO With Shelly - July 8th at 11 A.M.
PIYO, which is a combination of Pilates and yoga, is a fun core-conditioning workout. The class is free, and please wear comfortable clothing and be ready to move!
 
Crafting With Becky Sloane: Painting Flowers - July 10th at 6 P.M.
Learn how to paint flowers with master crafter Becky Sloane! There will be a $10 fee for supplies.
Gadget Guide - July 10th and July 24th at 6 P.M.
Got a gadget or tech toy that's giving you trouble? Our tech guru Graham is here to help!
Mah Jongg - Tuesdays at 5 P.M. 
Come join our weekly Mah Jongg game! Beginners are welcome. 
Sugar Shocker - July 12th at 5 P.M.
There is a ton of hidden sugar in many of the foods and drinks we consume every day. These sugars can impact your health in many ways. This class will teach you the dangers of these sugars, and also teach you how to avoid them and make healthier choices. 
Board Meeting - July 13th at 6:30 P.M.
The monthly meeting of the library's Board of Directors is open to the public. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about the operation of the library, please feel free to sit in on the meeting.
Maker Lab: Refrigerator Poetry - July 14th all day
This month at our maker lab station we will be creating take home refrigerator poetry. Make these magnetic words and rearrange them on your fridge to create your own poetry!
 
Z Fitness with Kathy from Refuel - July 15th at 10 A.M. 
Join us for a unique and fun way to get a full body workout! Class is free, and please wear comfortable clothing. 
Board Game Night - July 17th at 4 P.M.
Newark Public Library has a large collection of board games, from classics like Chess to more modern games like Risk. Join a group of fellow board game enthusiasts every month for a few hours of Monday night fun!
Beyond the Covers: Book Discussion - July 17th at 6:30 P.M.
July's book will be Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. This classic novel follows orphan Anne Shirley, who is mistakenly sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who wanted a boy to work on their farm. This book has had countless adaptations, the most recent being the TV series "Anne With an E".

"Not For Ourselves Alone": A Screening and Community Conversation - July 19th at 5:30 P.M.
We will be watching excerpts from the documentary film "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony". We will conclude with a community discussion to celebrate the anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention, which was held in Seneca Falls in 1848.
 
Glass Garden Art With Becky Sloane - July 22nd at 11 A.M.
Patrons will choose between a glass garden flower or a glass statuary (pictures of both are available at the library). $9 per person is due at registration. You must give 48 hours notice of cancellation in order to get a refund on the fee. This is a very popular class, and will fill up quickly, so make sure to register ASAP!
Sewing P.J. Shorts with Laurie - July 26th at 6 P.M.
Bring in your favorite sleep pants (no elastic waistbands, please) and we will use them as a pattern to sew a pair of P.J. shorts! Cost will be $10 per person and space is limited to 4 patrons without machines and 2 patrons with their own machines. Payment is due at time of registration.
Turbo Kick with Alyssa from Refuel - July 29th at 10 A.M.
This free class is a combination of kickboxing and dancing set to music. Please wear comfortable clothing! 

Child and Teen Programs:

LEGO Night - July 5th at 6 P.M.
Get creative with NPL's large LEGO collection!
Kids/Teen Free Lunch - Mondays-Thursdays at 12:30 P.M.
During the summer, NPL runs a free lunch program for teens and children below the the age of 18. These free lunches will be available at 12:30 Monday-Thursday from July 10 through August 10th. Magic Marlin Magic Show - July 10th at 1:30 P.M.
Magic Marlin will be here to show off his many tricks! 
Kids Create - Wednesdays at 1:30 P.M., beginning July 12th
Kids will create a variety of projects, including crafts and science experiments.
Teen Thursday - Thursdays at 1:30 P.M., beginning July 13th
Kids going into grades 6-12 are invited to enjoy crafts, games, and other special activities!
Build It! - Mondays at 1:30 P.M., beginning July 17th
In these programs, we will explore building with challenges, fun games, and experiments!


Employee Spotlight - Heaven Warnica

 Heaven is Newark Public Library's Account Clerk. She is usually taking a behind the scenes role in her office, working with the numbers that make the library run smoothly. I asked Heaven a few questions to get to know her a little better.

Q: How long have you worked at Newark Library?

A: 9 months.

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

A: I like numbers and there was an account clerk position or a library clerk position open at the time. Celeste got the library clerk position and I received the account clerk position.

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

A: My full name is Heaven Leigh (Heavenly)

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

A: I work two jobs (6 days a week) looking at data all day long pertaining to Accounts Payable and Payroll so of course I like to spend money. I go shopping!!

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

A: I would start to take long walks and enjoy the outdoors more.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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

A: The people.

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

A: Math Teacher.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: Being independent is my greatest achievement. More people need to be independent, to question things, to be vocal. You learn so much more when you decide to take things into your own hands and not wait for, or rely on, someone else to do things for you.

Q: What fictional character best represents you?

A: I was named after a fictional character, so maybe her? My father saw something in that character to name me after her.

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

A: England.


Q: Favorite song at the moment/favorite band?

A: Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles. It will always be my favorite song at the moment no matter what style of music is in.

Q: Pet peeves?

A: I like to think I don't have any. I try not to let anything bother me that much. Life's too short not to enjoy everything, even pet peeves.

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?

A: My cats.

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

A: I  honestly do not know.

Q: Who would play you in a movie?

A: Anyone who wants to.

Q: What's on your bucket list?

A: I want to go EVERYWHERE and try different foods. Foods that don't look gross!

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?

A: An ability to metabolize my food quicker :-)

Q: Favorite quote?

A: "Love is never any better than the lover." - Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Employee Spotlight - Graham Tedesco-Blair

 This week's employee spotlight is on a man who wears many hats within the Newark Public Library: Graham. Graham's official title is Adult Services Librarian, but he is also known as our tech guy - he's the one you go to when your computer is giving you issues. Recently, with the news that our Director will be leaving us come July, Graham has also taken on the position of interim Director. I asked Graham a few questions to get to know him a little better.

Q: How long have you worked at Newark Library?

A: About a year and a half.

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

A:  I've loved libraries ever since I was a kid, and once I figured out that being a librarian was a job people could actually get, it became a career path for me. I grew up around the corner from one, and volunteered at one during high school, so getting my masters in Library Science was really the only choice!

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

A: I have about 1000 lbs of comic books. It was not easy moving them up from Texas!

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

A: I read a lot, as you might have guessed, and I like to walk with my dog and exercise. My wife and I also collect antique typewriters.

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

A: I write short stories and novels, so I'd love to do that for a living. Working in publishing would also be a blast! But I can't imagine my life not involving books.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: That's a toss up between Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and Dissemination by Jacques Derrida.




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

A: I like meeting new people, and I love the questions that they bring me. Every day is different, and I get to learn so many things I'd never have even thought to look in to!

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

A: An astronaut. But they don't hire astronauts who are bad at math and wear glasses, so libraries it was!

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: Gosh, that is a good question. Right now, what pops into my head is being named interim director of the library. It's a real honor to have been chosen!

Q: What fictional character best represents you?

A: The Doctor, from Doctor Who. I like to keep an open mind about everyone I meet, and I love to travel to new places and meet new people. I believe in the power of intelligence and fairness over brute force and strength. And I look quite dashing in a frock coat and extra long scarf. Though I'm sure I'd actually end up being the bumbling companion who gets himself into trouble and needs to be saved, rather than the Doctor himself.


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

A: I'd love to visit Scotland, and see where my ancestors lived.

Q: Favorite song at the moment/favorite band?

A: I've been listening to an Australian electronic artist named Pogo recently, and can't get enough of his remixes of Disney songs, video games, movie clips, and recordings from TV shows. "The Trouble" and "Living Island" have been on my playlist a lot lately. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that Manowar and Black Sabbath weren't also on regularly.

Q: Pet peeves?

A: It used to be people who don't rewind VHS tapes, but that's not something you see very often these days.

Q: One thing you couldn't live without?

A: Comfortable shoes. I walk a lot, and there's really no reason to suffer through something that doesn't feel good. I don't care how good they look or how well they match, if I can't wear them for 5-6 hours, they're gone.

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

A: Super recall, the ability to remember any strange fact or bit of trivia that might be relevant to the case at hand, kinda like Adam West and Bert Ward on Batman.

Q: Who would play you in a movie?

A: Jason Schwartzman or Jason Bateman.


Q: What's on your bucket list?

A: I'd like to walk the Continental Divide, the Appalachian, and the Pacific Crest trails. Only 290 people have ever done all three, and even completing one would be a major accomplishment.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?

A: I wish I could play the piano. Working on that one!

Q: Favorite quote?

A: "To be, in a word, unborable...It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish. " - David Foster Wallace, The Pale King.