Lisa Stamm introduced the Westchester Public Library Board to WPL’s newest
MLS-degreed employee, Young Adult Librarian Sionna Hartigan.
The Board approved
Stamm’s creation of the young adult librarian position to boost offerings
for teens and tweens last year and welcomed Hartigan at its meeting
originally from the Sacramento, Calif.-area, came from a library in New
Jersey and started at WPL in January. She earned her Master of Library and
Information Studies degree from San Jose State University in 2018. She told
the Chesterton Tribune her goals at WPL are to build community and a
detailed volunteer base, as well as curate events and services for
“I became a
librarian because I like helping people--that moment I put the right book
into someone's hands or provide information they're looking for is what I
look forward to,” Hartigan said. “Truly, interacting with the community and
being able to provide people with what they need is what I enjoy most about
being a librarian.”
Hartigan said some
of her favorite books she often recommends are “Six of Crows” by Leigh
Bardugo, “Gideon the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, “The Poet X” by Elizabeth
Acevedo, “Check, Please!: #Hockey” by Ngozi Ukazu, and the Rockton series by
Kelley Armstrong. “I read so much it can be difficult to narrow down, but
I'm a huge fan of fantasy and graphic novels,” she said.
Stamm said Hartigan
comes with a lot of great ideas, and she’s sure Hartigan will build a robust
set of teen and tween programs and teen volunteer council.
In other business,
the Board reorganized, electing Nick Tilden president, Michele Corazzo
Vice-president, Drew Rhed treasurer, and Abbe Trent secretary, then the
Board approved changes to WPL’s circulation policy.
The biggest change:
patrons are no longer required to turn in materials before WPL closes on the
due date. Materials returned after hours on their respective due dates and
found in the drop box the following morning will be counted as on time. In
the interest of patron access, Stamm also reported WPL will start allowing
holds on audio-visual items. As part of the shift, DVDs will be loaned for
three days instead of five.
Stamm reported CSK
Architects continues a Needs Assessment of all three WPL-owned buildings,
and they hope to finish in a couple weeks. The results of an asbestos survey
will be included in CSK’s report. Regulatory Compliance Management Inc.,
will complete the asbestos survey at all WPL facilities, including the
Westchester Township History Museum, for $7,305.
In other facilities
business, Precision Controls replaced the flame safeguard and purge timer on
the boiler at the Thomas Branch for $1,665 following an HVAC inspection.
After WPL conducted
an in-house statistics week for the first time in 2019, Stamm reported WPL
had an estimated 20,662 in-house uses for physical materials and 34,580 uses
for databases. The numbers are based on the volume of database uses and
physical materials used and not reshelved counted during an average week of
the year and multiplied by 52.
visited the Library in February. 85 WPL programs had 1,583 attendees, and
255 people used meeting rooms.