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An interview with Stephanie Rivera, Children’s Librarian at Naperville Public Library, Naperville, IL by Chris Hogsett, former Head Editor, INALJ Illinois
Stephanie Rivera …Children’s Librarian
Christopher: If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Stephanie: I really enjoy writing and photography. I think that these hobbies probably lend themselves naturally to the role of a librarian, whether I am taking pictures of a program or writing emails or promotional materials for the library.
Christopher: Favorite library you have been to?
Stephanie: I like the Fountaindale Library (Bolingbrook, IL) because of the way that they’ve fleshed out & organized certain areas of the collection; for instance, putting nonfiction beginning readers next to the fiction beginning readers, instead of shelving these titles within nonfiction. Fountaindale also has an open-space art studio where children can draw and create things without needing to attend a specific program. Decorative clothespins hang on the walls of the studio, so that children can display their artwork if they choose.
Christopher: Favorite book?
Stephanie: Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan.
Christopher: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Stephanie: My favorite thing about libraries is that we are always evolving to meet the need of our patrons. I love that libraries think outside of the box – lending tools, seeds, baking items, e-readers, and more. It’s a great profession when you’re constantly learning new things.
Christopher: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Stephanie: Apply to every job or library that interests you. Your first job may not be your dream job, but it will teach you valuable job skills and may even get you a foot in the door.