Ask the librarian: Silence Bourn

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This librarian wins my new award for Best Librarian Name Ever!



Name of Library – Seminole County Public Library

What kind of librarian are you? I am a Youth Services Librarian. I do everything from reference and collection development, to storytimes and programs for ages 3-18.

How long have you been a librarian? 5 years

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I feel like this job picked me, rather than the other way around. Many people told me I would make a great librarian, and I eventually looked into it. Turns out, it’s the best job ever! I feel really lucky.

How do you pick books for your library? We have what is called “a collection development policy” that we follow. It lays out the criteria we use to select books. I also read professional reviews, advanced copies of books, and speak with my community to help me pick books for all.

Do you have a favorite author? I have a lot of favorites, but if I could only save one series, it would be Harry Potter, by JK Rowling.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I think it’s is really important to ask them what they are interested and work together to find books that they specifically want to read. I also ask them to comeback and tell me how they liked what welcomed together, good or bad. This way I can help them even more next time.

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