New children's librarian hired

Rebecca Troup-Hodgdon is

already impressing local officials

For Rebecca Troup-Hodgdon, who is the new children's librarian at the Bradford County Library, being a librarian sort of runs in her family.

Rebecca Troup-Hodgdon's mother, Karen Troup, has served for years as the director of the Monroeton Public Library.

June Houghtaling, a former director of the Towanda Public Library, said that Troup-Hodgdon had done an internship at the Towanda Public Library in the 2000s while she was an undergraduate at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

Troup-Hodgdon "kind of had an inkling (at the time)" that she would go on to make a career of library work, "so we gave her a full tour" of what working in a library would involve, Houghtaling recalled.

After graduating from Towanda High School in 2004, Troup-Hodgdon earned a B.A. in English, with a minor in book arts, from Wells College, and then earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Iowa.

Prior to taking the job at the Bradford County Library, she worked almost a year as a children's librarian at the West Liberty Public Library in West Liberty, Iowa.

Troup-Hodgdon said she wanted to move back to Bradford County to be closer to her family.

Troup-Hodgdon replaces Sara Vargason, who resigned as the Bradford County Library's children's librarian to take a library job at Cornell University.

Troup-Hodgdon is very good as a children's librarian, said Lynda Warner, vice-president of the board of trustees of the Bradford County Library.

Troup-Hodgdon "is very enthusiastic," has a lot of good ideas, "and gets very involved with children," Warner said.

Warner said she saw Troup-Hodgdon and the Bradford County Library's bookmobile librarian, Rosemary Wynott, reading to children and playing games with them recently at the Troy Fair.

"It was a delightful scene," Wynott recalled. "She (Troup-Hodgdon) had the children mesmerized."

"I think she's going to work out very well," Warner said.

Houghtaling said that Troup-Hodgdon "did everything with flying colors" during her monthlong, full-time internship at the Towanda Public Library.

Now that the Bradford County Library has a children's librarian on board again, it has resumed its weekly Story Time programs, which take place at 10 a.m. each Tuesday at the library.

The Story Time programs had been temporarily suspended after Vargason resigned.

During the Story Time programs, "I read to the children, and we do a craft and play games or use puppets," Troup-Hodgdon said.

As outreach librarian, Troup-Hodgdon's duties include traveling to schools and day care centers and reading to children, as well as explaining to staff in schools and day care centers what services the Bradford County Library can offer that will benefit the children.

While Troup-Hodgdon has only been working at her new job a little over three weeks, she says that she loves it.

"I'd like to invite everyone to come out and meet me" at the library, she said.

Troup-Hodgdon said she is looking forward to helping children find the books they'd really like to read.

"I'm friendly and outgoing," she said.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633 or