Like many of you, I’ve spent plenty of time in libraries. But working in a library certainly offers a completely different perspective.
Below are some take-aways from my first five weeks as the Executive Director of the White Plains Library Foundation.
- Our Children’s Library is a treasured resource. On a recent holiday weekday, more than 500 kids, parents and caregivers visited the Trove!
- People value quiet space. Throughout the day, patrons settle in to sit still, concentrating for extended periods of time, reading quietly.
- Library users are all ages. You can regularly find on-going (free) programs and services for preschoolers, teens and retirees–where else does everyone come together to learn under one roof?
- We lend beautiful art books, the type that usually sit on coffee tables or in museums. I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of browsing these large, heavy books. Take one home and enjoy.
- Borrowing e-books is easier. I gave up a few years back because the process seemed confusing and slow. Sound familiar? But things have changed. Re-visit or begin to use e-books by making an appointment with our Library staff (422-1480), or look for instructions in the Resources section of our website.
It’s exciting to be a part of such a dynamic and valued institution. I look forward to working with the Foundation’s Trustees, Library Trustees, staff, donors, patrons and the City to help build on the accomplishments of the Foundation’s past 20 years. –Nancy Rubini