New, But Not

by Miss Julia

Hello to all!

My name is Julia or Miss Julia to all the kids here. I’m still new around here – as a librarian at the Belding Library, that is. But I’ve been coming to this library as a patron since I was a child myself, and now I work daily in the same magical building. When I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be a librarian. It’s been a journey of finding my perfect fit, but here I am, the Children’s Librarian Assistant at the Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library and loving every moment of it.

When I am out and about and meet someone new, they usually ask where I work. After I tell them, they seem shocked and usually say, “Isn’t that boring?? Who even uses the library anymore?”. I go ahead in explaining that a library isn’t just books – which, even if it was, that would still be fantastic!  The library is constantly changing to meet the needs of the community, so how could it be boring? Once I talk about the nerf battles, board games, and DVDs you can check out, also including the wide assortment of programs we host, they are way more excited and ask when they can attend a program. I think their initial reactions also have to do with the fact that I am a known extrovert – which, in case you’re wondering, the stereotype of librarians being “old and quiet” is very wrong! I’m quite the talker.

I cannot wait to see you around the library soon. I am still working hard at preparing fun programs for the summer. Summer Reading 2020, here we come! We currently are hosting a poetry contest for youth in 3rd-12th grade as well, which is running until April 25th. To see more information, go to our Facebook Page, or email me. I’d love to chat with you and get to know more about what you’d like to see at the library. You can get in contact with me anytime by emailing belys@llcoop.org. I love ideas of all sorts!