PTO Spotlight with New Driscoll Librarian: Anne Reid!


fullsizerender-2PTO Spotlight with New Librarian Anne Reid!

Q: You're new! Tell us about what you did before coming to Driscoll.

A:  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself!  Let me start my saying how lucky I feel to be the librarian at Driscoll.  I’m just a week into the school year and I can tell how important the library is to the community - not just the students and staff, but the families as well.  It is a dream position!I’m joining Driscoll from Watertown Public Schools, where I was for the past two years.  Before that, I was working as a librarian on the coast of Maine.  And before that, I spent many years working at Simmons College.Q: Tell us about how you decided to become a school librarian?A: It was a winding path to school librarianship!  Growing up, I always loved books, reading and libraries.  But it wasn’t until later in life that I found school librarianship.  In college, I worked at my school’s art library.  That’s when I became hooked on librarianship.  I loved the books and helping connect people with the information they needed.  I was an art history major, so when I went on to graduate school for library science, I pursued art librarianship.  After I graduated, I landed what I thought would be my dream job: a visual resources librarian.  Within a month of starting, though, I knew I had made a big mistake.  Most of my time was spent alone in a room with thousands of slides, cataloging and digitizing.  I was so bored!  I returned to my graduate school to work.  While working, I took more classes.  As soon as I took school librarianship classes, I knew I had found my calling.  I love the books.  I love connecting with kids with books, hoping to help make them passionate, lifelong readers.  I love the information literacy aspect too.  In our digital age, it is so important for students to be able to efficiently find, evaluate, and use the information they need.  I love making the library a welcoming place for all students, the busy hub of a school.Q: What are your favorite books?A: I have so many! Thank you for not asking for just one favorite.  Here are a few:

  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of my alltime favorites.  So much happens in a mere 10 sentences and those amazing illustrations.

  • Elephant and Piggie series.  Mo Willems is brilliant.  Another author/illustrator who conveys so much with so little, which is no easy task.

  • The Harry Potter series.  My daughter and I are currently on third book.  JK Rowling created an amazing world.
  • Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai.  A wonderful middle grade novel about family, roots, and culture.
  • And two other picture books I just have to mention: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers and This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.

I am forcing myself to stop now.

Q: What do you have planned for the Amy Neale Library this year?

A: There are so many things I’m excited about!  I really look forward to getting to know the students and what they like to read.  I can already tell Driscoll has a lot of passionate readers.  I’m hoping to run a book award program for students in grades 4-8.  Students will be invited to choose from a collection of 40 different books to read and evaluate.  At the end of the year, students who read at least 5 of the books will be invited to vote for the one book they liked the best.  What I like about this program is that it creates a community of readers, with students really engaged in the books, recommending (or not recommending) them to each other.  I also hope to run a picture book award program with students in grades K-3.  In addition, I look forward to working closely with teachers to integrate library resources and information literacy skills into the projects they are working on in the classroom.Q: Fun Fact: What's something we should know about you that we don't?A: I am desperate to see a snowy owl in the wild.  I love birds.  I could get chickadees to eat out of my hand when I was a girl.  My daughter, Phoebe, is named both after a bird (the phoebe) and a chickadee song (fee-bee).  In general, I keep an eye out for birds.  Many snowy owls have been sighted around eastern Massachusetts in recent winters, but alas, despite my best attempts, I have yet to see one.  If you get any leads on where to see one this winter, please let me know!