Ask the librarian: Amelia

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Name of Library Mercer County Library System

What kind of librarian are you? I am an Information Technology Librarian, but before this job I was a Reference Libraian

How long have you been a librarian? 7 years

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college and my mom suggested becoming a librarian so I looked into it and realized it was the perfect job for me.

How do you pick books for your library?  When I was selecting books for my branch, I looked to see what was popular in the library and what was trending in pop culture. I wanted stuff that I knew would be read, but also things that reflected what was going on in the world so people could also learn something new or find a new author.

Do you have a favorite author?  That’s a hard one, but one author I think is great for all age groups is Neil Gaiman. I enjoy his books and love that he just writes to write and doesn’t focus on an age group. I think adults can enjoy all his books and he’s an author that kids can grow up with and enjoy.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?  When I was working at a smaller branch I knew a lot of the kids, so I had an idea of what they liked to read or something that interested them so I could make suggestions.  If I don’t know the kid, I want to know what they like to do, is there a sport they like to play or a video game they love. Then I find out how they feel about reading, I’m not going to recommend a big book to a kid who feels like reading is a chore, but there might be a great comic or graphic novel series they will love. There have been times when I’ve been happy to find them a magazine to flip through and see them reading an article that may be two pages long. It’s all about finding something that grabs their attention and pulls at them. Reading is reading no matter what the material. So sometimes I realize they would benefit from an audiobook over a paperback.

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