Celebrating 5 Years: Happy Anniversary, Sally!

Published Monday, July 27, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years since Sally started working at the Edwardsville Public Library at both our Youth and Adult circulation desks. She manages to do double-duty as a skills and guidance counselor at the High School, and a caring, approachable member of our customer service team who treats each patron with respect and really cares about our community. Sally is always ready to contribute to blog posts, including an excellent write-up about Andrew Wyeth, and displays.

She also brings great snacks for library staff! But, even without the snacks, we would still love working with her at the library. Thanks, Sally!

How long have you worked at the library?

5 glorious years!

In what part of the library do you work and what do you do?

I work in adult and children’s circulation.

What has changed the most since you started working here?

We have certainly had big changes over the past several months due to COVID. Curbside pick-up came into being during this time. I think it is a really valuable service for our patrons. For me, I am still getting used to being behind plexiglass and wearing a mask at work.

What services offered at the library do you wish more people knew about?

We have so many online resources. Novelist Plus and Novelist K-8 are great resources for people looking for the next book to read. If you know a book you enjoyed, you can find read-alikes. You can also search by many different filters. It is such a useful resource. I also think we are really fortunate to have digital access to the New York Times.

What has kept you working at the library?

This is easy to answer. Everything keeps me working here-- my co-workers, the patrons, the books, the building.

What is your favorite book that you’ve read in the past year?

It might be a little more than a year ago, but I just loved A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. I have loaned out my copy to several friends. Some think it is a depressing story, but I found it to be heartwarming and to affirm the difference one unexpected friendship can make in a life.

What is the first book you remember reading?

As a young child, I loved reading Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. It has stood the test of time and remains a classic book for young children.