SOMERS, N.Y. - Meet Vicki DiSanto, Childrens Librarian Extraordinaire.
After a 17-year career in direct marketing, DiSanto came across a book called, Whats Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job. It was not hard to identify her passion -- books. So she got a Masters degree in Library Science and has been on the staff of the Somers Childrens Library for nearly five years.
DiSanto is in charge of children from tiny tots to fifth graders. During her working day she plans and implements special programs including crafts, storytelling, and reading groups. Sometimes she hires outside entertainers. She scans reviews of new publications so the library can make appropriate purchases. She tries to read each book so she can discuss or recommend it. She collaborates with the school librarians, and juggles questions and requests from patrons of all ages. She oversees the display cases where children get to show their own collections of something near and dear to them.
Her goal, she explained, is to make children feel at ease, whether they want to be astronauts or cowboys when the grow up. Her biggest concern is, making sure I have the energy to get through the day. This is a very dynamic, high energy place. We laugh a lot. I want it to be comfortable, with something for everyone.
DiSanto loves sharing her love of books. Childhood is a time when you sit on a comfy couch with your parent, holding a book. Its a valuable and important experience and I hope it will always continue. Books are more than just words. Kindles have their place, but flipping through a book is very different.
One of the years many highlights is First Grade Library Card and Tour Day. The class comes to the library, gets a tour and is asked to sign up for library cards. Between 50 and 60 percent of first-graders sign up. Last May, 140 cards were issued.
Her greatest reward as a librarian comes when the children share something they are excited about. When I know that they love this library as much as I do.
An example of a single moments reward? A boy named Michael, about six, asked me, What am I going to learn the next time I come to the library?
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