By Beth David, Editor
Allie Thiel loves her new town and her new job at the Millicent Library, although she has yet to meet, in person, any of the patrons she was hired to work with. The new Youth Librarian moved to Fairhaven during the pandemic and got hired for her job during the pandemic.
She has tried virtual programs to introduce herself to the community, and said she is “really surprised” at how easy it has been to meet people over the phone or curbside when they pick up their items.
Her path to Youth Librarian was a bit by accident, although she has fond memories of her hometown library growing up in Townsend, Mass., and, she said she has “always worked in libraries.”
When she graduated from college, with a BA in Studio Art, there was a job for a library tech in Townsend, and she got the job.
“The director was excited I could relate to teenagers,” she said, but admitted to being a “little intimidated” when she started, being only 22 herself.
“I found out that i loved it,” said Ms. Thiel, 26. The library was right across from the middle school and students would visit the library often.
“It was just a great experience, getting to know everyone,” she said. “I love hearing about their interests. It’s great to be able to connect them with what they’re really passionate about.”
Right now, she feels anticipation.
“To actually meet people in person, I’m really looking forward to it.”
She anticipates a phased reopening, with limited services at first. But as the weather warms up, Fairhaven residents can expect to see her outside using “really big story books that you can see from far away.”
Holding story times outside will allow for more people with social distancing. She will also put her art skills to work with a variety of art programs.
“I especially have a lot of fun with elementary age students,” said Ms. Thiel, adding that she is looking forward to the summer program which is entitled “Sails and Tails” this year, and will, as you may have guessed, include animal based programming.
Yes, she admits in our phone interview on a cold March day: “I’m dreaming of summer today.”
She’s not the only who is looking forward to in-person programs.
“So many patrons have called us and said how much they missed it,” she said. “I’m so excited to meet the kids.”
Ms. Thiel found out about the job when she met former Library Director Carolyn Longworth as they were both birding on Egypt Lane, behind Atlas Tack, a spot now called “Carolyn’s Pond” because Ms. Longworth is an avid birder and that is one of her favorites spots.
Ms. Thiel has since moved to the center of town and can walk to work.
“It’s better getting to know a community when you’re living in it,” she said.
To see her storytime and craft videos, and learn about other programs visit https://millicentlibrary.org; call 508-992-5342; or email email@example.com; Millicent Library 45 Center Street, Fairhaven, 02719.
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