Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!
Name: Laura W.
Job title: Branch Services Librarian
MCPL Location: Rothschild
Time Worked at MCPL: 4 years
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
Working at a branch, I get to do a little bit of everything, which I love! I help people find and check out their materials, check-in and shelve books, answer questions and assist patrons with the computers, plan programs and do some behind-the-scenes things to keep the branch running smoothly.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I am a bookworm and usually read a few books at once! Right now, I am reading the tween fiction book The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud, a new adult thriller called The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley, and a Lonely Planet travel guide to Norway.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My absolute favorite part of my job is helping people find great books. I love sharing recommendations and talking all things books!
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
My ideal vacation spot is anywhere with a beach. Right now, places that are toping my list are Thailand and Maui, Hawaii. I would love to spend a week relaxing in the sun, swimming, eating yummy food, and, of course, reading!
What’s one food item you absolutely cannot resist?
I have a major sweet tooth, and my absolute favorite thing is chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
One of the great things about public libraries is that they are always transforming to meet the needs of the community. In the future, I think we will see MCPL really focus on serving as a gathering space for the community where everyone can share ideas, be creative, and use our materials and technology to help them live their best lives, all while having a fun and positive experience. We will also place a great emphasis on literacy, both digital and print, so our community members can succeed in school, the workplace, and as citizens of Marathon County.
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.