New children's librarian on staff at Sayre Public Library
SAYRE - Holly O'Neill didn't hesitate in applying for the job of children's librarian at the Sayre Public Library.
"When I read the job description in the newspaper, I thought I had to have it," she recalled. "It interested me, all the requirements and everything."
O'Neill, 27, of Sayre, began her new job at the library in December.
"I really enjoy it," she said. "I like coming up with different events for both children and teens to get them involved in the library."
O'Neill moved to Bradford County six months ago, when her fiancé, Christopher Bradley, who is from the area, got a job in Towanda as a law clerk.
Born in Bucks County, O'Neill graduated in 2005 from Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pa. and in 2009 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a dual major in elementary and early childhood education. In 2011, she earned a master's degree in reading and language arts from Duquesne. She has taught pre-school and seventh and eighth grade mathematics in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
O'Neill said she seeks to "encourage excitement among the children to come to the library and come to events and pick out new books to read."
Recently, O'Neill organized a doll tea party at the library, which she said went really well.
The children brought dolls and stuffed animals, and read some stories about tea parties.
She is pleased with how she has been welcomed by the community.
"A lot of people seem excited to meet me, which is nice and welcoming."
Her favorite children's book is "Harold and the Purple Crayon."
"I like the creativity and the imagination that is incorporated in that book," she said. She plans on reading it to the kids at the library in the future.
O'Neill said she has enjoys finding books that are unfamiliar to her, and then using them in lessons with the children.
Her story hours feature stories, crafts and songs at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. A Pajama Story Hour is also in the works for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, and a Saturday Story Hour at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Daye Moreno, a library clerk at the Sayre Public Library, said O'Neill is friendly and caring and a great addition to the library.
"She has been a great co-worker with the rest of the staff."
O'Neill said she enjoys living in Sayre.
"It's nice and there's family-owned shops. I like that."
When she isn't working, O'Neill enjoys reading, especially biographies and autobiographies.
One of the books she recently finished was "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls.
She also likes baking "any recipe that I can find."
And she has big plans for the future with a wedding date set for May 24.
As for advice for parents, she said they should not only read to children, but also encourage children to read themselves, rather than watching TV.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.