It is with great sadness we bid farewell to Ms. Snickers, our Children’s room visiting librarian. After a longer than anticipated stay with us, Ms. Snickers has been called back to her home at the Boxford Library. Originally, her stay was scheduled to be for 21 days, but problems with renovations at the Boxford Library extended her stay. While a member of the Dracut staff, Ms. Snicker’s engaged in public relations, encouraging children and adults to read “anything they could get their paws on”!
“She was great fun”, commented Diane Annunziato at Ms. Snicker’s farewell party. “She brought smiles to the entire staff, and her knowledge of children’s literature was second to none!” When news of Ms. Snicker’s departure was announced to the staff, it was decided that Ms. Snickers should be rewarded with a vacation from the harsh New England weather before returning to Boxford. Because rates are cheaper for Robo Hamsters, the staff was able to pool together the funds to send Ms. Snickers on and all expense paid Disney Cruise! Thankfully, she was able to fly out of Logan late Tuesday night before this last snow storm hit. Au revoir Miss Snickers! Thank You for all your help – and Good Luck back in Boxford – we’re sure the children missed you while you were gone! (We’ll miss you too!!!) Last we looked, she had already tweeted a picture of herself on the cruise and writes:
Having a splendid time! Thank you to everyone in Dracut!
Your Library Rocks – Use it!
Good Morning! Or Afternoon! Or Evening! I’m not sure what time it is anymore! Goodness me this week has been full of all sorts of adjustments for me. First, my move out of the Boxford Library. Then my move to the Children’s Room in Dracut! It has been a grand adventure!
I’ve always dreamed of travel. Being a library resident, I have read everything I can get my paws on! I have traveled to places in my imagination, discovered new worlds, and met people of all different nationalities – just by reading! For me, there is nothing like sitting in my cedar chips at night with a tall bottle of water and a great book! From what I can see, Dracut has a wonderful selection of children’s books for all ages! From the youngest pre-readers to those energetic middle schoolers, this library has something for everyone. And Ms. Penny and Ms. Louise are fabulous! I’ve seen them pull books off the shelves for young ones, like magicians pulling rabbits out of hats! What a jolly good show! Excuse my enthusium…I often get carried away when I see the joy on the face of someone who is handed that magical book, knowing that soon, they too, will be transported into their imagination! Ahhh…what a glorious place to be!
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We are very proud to announce a new member of our library staff! Today, Ms. Snickers will begin her 20 day shadowing work with Ms. Penny in the children’s room. For those who may not be familiar with shadowing, it is a program where librarians go to another library to observe and share ideas with that library. Ms. Snickers has spent the last 1.25 years in the Boxford Library, where she has worked exclusively in the Children’s Room. She is good friends with both Dracut Director Nanci Milone Hill and Assistant Director Diane Annunziato, whom she worked with in Boxford. Of her former co-workers she says, “They cared for me like I was their own, physically and emotionally. I consider them like family. Diane was my mentor I learned everything I know about libraries from her – she’s wonderful!” Ms. Snickers describes herself as a “night owl” but will be the first to say she hopes she never sees one! When asked why she wanted to observe at Dracut she stated, “I felt like I was just spinning my wheel – I needed to get out and explore a new library. I need to see new faces…and I understand those librarians in Dracut LOVE snacks! (she giggles) – but I’m on a diet, so maybe I’ll eat a special treat once in a while”.
When we told Ms. Snickers she would be joining us for Halloween and that we were dressing as super hero librarians, she was ecstatic! Though usually a shy, petite, and reserved creature, Ms. Snickers said she would love to participate! She sent us a picture of herself in her super hero librarian costume, but stated that on her first full day, she would be in her professional attire. She did give us permission to post her picture, so without further a do, the Dracut Library proudly welcomes Ms. Snickers!!!
Most parents want to encourage their children to get into the habit of reading. Much has been written on the benefits but did you know that reading can help improve a child’s attention span or that it can foster better interactions with their peers?
Children’s literature has changed dramatically over the last 25-30 years (take the Harry Potter series as an example). It’s not your mother’s children’s literature anymore and maybe not what you remember either!! Ms. Penny, our wonderful and knowledgeable children’s librarian, can help you and your child find books that will keep their interest and keep them coming back for more. There is nothing that librarians love more than helping you select books which will enable your child to grow a healthy appreciation for reading!