Have you ever wondered about the dedicated library staffers who serve you? These individuals are all book lovers who are delighted to be able to help others in any way they can. In the coming weeks, we’ll profile the members of the Macedon Public Library so you can get to know the a little better. Today we sat down with Melissa Bond, who works with the library’s younger patrons, to ask her a few questions. Here are her answers:
How long have you worked at the library?
I’ve worked here since September 2018. I began as a clerk and subbed for a while, then recently started in youth services in September 2022.
What is your favorite thing about working in the library?
I love the creativity involved in my work! Planning story times and programs is a lot of fun, and it’s great when they connect with our patrons. Outreach is something I enjoy as well because it helps me get to know our community better, learn about what they would like to see from us, and collaborate with others.
Name a favorite book or two?
As far as the classics go my all-time favorite is Frankenstein. Reading Mary Shelley’s novel in my sophomore English class sparked an interest in writing gothic stories when I was a teen, and I’ve always loved it for how it inspired that. The most memorable stories and picture books I read as a kid are Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Recently I read the novel Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell and thought it was great! I have an appreciation for classic rock music from the ’60s and ’70s and the writer brings in a few icons from that era, so for me, it was a fun and interesting read.
Why are libraries important for our community?
Early literacy is a great resource to prepare kids for school, and libraries play a huge role in providing that to their communities through story times and programs. Read-alouds, songs, and games help kids develop reading comprehension and communication skills, and they’re a great way for them to socialize as well! Early literacy also helps in developing an interest in reading, creativity, and self-expression. It goes without saying, but there are plenty of books and materials at the library for parents to take home and build on early literacy skills with their children too, and it can begin as early as infancy.