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Library board meets new young adult librarian

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Library Director 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 Thursday.

Hartigan, 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 Duneland’s youth.

“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.

Librarian’s Report

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.

25,908 people visited the Library in February. 85 WPL programs had 1,583 attendees, and 255 people used meeting rooms.


Posted 3/16/2020




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