“Ms. Shannon, our Assistant Director and storytime extraordinaire, is saying good bye?! But why?!”
It’s a little bit sad and a little bit sweet, but all It’s true. I am leaving Green Tree Public Library to begin a new position at the main Carnegie Library in Oakland! My time at Green Tree has been filled with wonderful moments and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people that leaving this position is certainly not easy. As I’ve been letting community members know that I’ll be moving on from Green Tree Public Library soon, many have been asking me great questions about my time here and the new position on the horizon. Having these sweet conversations about my time here at Green Tree has really got me thinking about the wonderful six and half years I’ve spent being a librarian here so I thought would share some of my answers with you!
What do you like best about working at Green Tree Public Library?
I love everything about Green Tree Public Library! In fact, words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed my time serving in this community. I loved it so much that my family and I moved here a few years ago! So while I may be leaving Green Tree Public Library as a place of work, I’ll continue to visit and support the library as a community member. Mostly though, I love the wonderful people that make our community grow. I have gotten to meet so many amazing children, smart students, and friendly adults in my years here!
Do you have a favorite storytime memory?
Every storytime I’ve ever led at Green Tree has been a unique experience so it’s very hard to pick just one! Through the years there have been many funny moments of our young readers sharing their delight and personal stories. I’ve listened to many children describe their most recent boo-boos, tell me about their favorite movies, talk to me about the best colors in the rainbow and so much more. I’ll hold all of those conversations with our youngest readers close to my heart always; they make me laugh and make me so proud! But I think the best memories I’ll always remember from storytimes are seeing children and their caregivers get excited about reading and learning. I’m so proud of all our storytime friends and I’m so honored to be a part of their learning journey. I hope that all of our children who visit the library fall in love with books and continue to be readers for a very long time. Every librarian loves when people enjoy reading (and learning) so seeing children take home stacks of books will always warm my heart!
What are some of the changes you’ve seen throughout your years at Green Tree Public Library?
Though libraries may change throughout the years, one thing always remains the same: libraries are reflections of their communities and serve as a great resource and community space. Green Tree Public Library has such a rich history in such a wonderful and supportive community that it has always been a place that people love visiting! Some of the “new” things that I’ve helped to bring to Green Tree include are: categorizing the children’s picture book collection by subject matter and introducing the American Girl Doll Collection. These two “simple” tasks took a lot of work to accomplish behind the scenes but have made a difference to how children use our library on a daily basis. I love seeing children of all ages know exactly where to find their favorite books and explore different subjects to find the perfect title to take home! Instead of searching all over the library for a fantastic read and having to always rely on someone who does read to find authors and favorite subject matter for them, they can use our stickers and system to practice their independence on find books about sports, woodland creatures, and so much more on their own!
In addition, it was such a privilege to be one of the original pilot libraries to launch an American Girl Doll Collection. Our collection started with 4 dolls given to us by Allegheny County Library Association and has grown to include 9! With plans to add more this year and in years going forward. I love seeing the proud look in children’s eyes when they get handed an American Girl doll…and their love when they return the doll too. I’m so proud that I was able to help grow this collection and bring these unique experiences to Green Tree. Plus, it’s been an honor to work with the Women’s Civic Club in helping to grow this collection too! Their generous donations have made sure our collection stays current and filled with dolls for our community to check out.
Why are you leaving Green Tree?
I will be taking on a new position! Starting in mid-June, I’ll be the Manager of the Children’s Department at the main Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–in Oakland! It’s a bittersweet moment because I like working at Green Tree Public Library so much, but I’m very much looking forward to this new opportunity! I’m very excited to begin my new journey! And I hope that all of my Green Tree friends, big and little, will stop by to say hi to me whenever they visit Oakland.
Are you moving?
My family and I live not too far from the library–right here in Green Tree! And have no plans to move. We love our neighborhood and will continue to be great library supporters. You’ll probably see us at the Farmer’s Market, Light-Up Night, and library programs, of course!
When is your last day?
I am still busy getting things ready for Summer at the library…so I’m still here for the remainder of the month, and then some! Between school visits and preparing to make your summer great, I’ll be keeping busy! My last full day at the library will be on Tuesday, June 6. Please come by and say hello/good-bye before then! I’d love to see all your familiar faces one last time before beginning my new adventure.
Thank you, to everyone who has makes this library so special! I can’t wait to see what the future brings for all of us!