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New Children’s Librarian is Named

Posted February 13, 2013 in Altoona, Community Blogs

The Altoona Public Library welcomes a new children’s librarian to our community.

Jennifer Goulden comes to us from Pekin, Illinois, and will soon begin her duties.  She brings excitement and enthusiasm with her and plans to incorporate those attributes as she assumes her role.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a librarian,” says Jennifer. “I love finding the facts, creating new programs, teaching people new skills, and yes, reading.”

She received her undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Illinois, and completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, working in libraries in South Carolina and Illinois. She also served for a year in AmeriCorps, tutoring and running an afterschool program for children in a housing project. “I’ve worked in all areas of library service, from checking the books out, to providing reference help, planning programming for children and adults, and developing outreach programs for people who can’t get to the library.”

Goulden’s greatest passion is linking the library and the community. “I want people to know that the library has more to offer than just books and librarians aren’t here to shush you. The library is a place to hang out, find the answers you need, socialize and grow. Things you didn’t even know you needed are at the library, and it’s my job to help you find them,” states Jennifer.

“On the flip side, it’s important for the library to be accessible for all people,” she says, adding that she would like to make programming more convenient for families with busy schedules, such as offering more programs in the evenings and on weekends. “I’ve always been ready to try something new.”

Goulden plans to build up the library’s youth offerings with regular elementary and middle school programming. Look for new crafts, games, book clubs and activities in the next few months.

Other Activities at the Library

We’re stuck in the middle of winter. We all seem to catch a case of cabin fever this time of year, especially for the young people. May we offer some excellent ideas to combat that affliction?

Dinner and a Movie (For Teens)

“Here Comes the Boom,” a comedy featuring Kevin James, is our main attraction for our Dinner and a Movie for Teens movie night on Wednesday, February 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The movie features a high school biology teacher (and ex-wrestler) who decides to moonlight as a mixed martial arts fighter.  He’s trying to try to raise money to save his school’s music program. Can he survive the bumps and bruises and find the courage to survive the ordeal? You’ll have to attend the show to find out.

Feast on pizza or subs, plus chips, dessert and drinks while you enjoy some good laughs.

The movie is rated PG and no registration is required. Teens from grades six to 12 are invited.

Save Your Peeps !

The library will be sponsoring a Peeps Book Diorama contest for kids this spring. Be sure to save Peeps candy of all kinds and get ready to use them in a scene from your favorite book.

In order to give you a chance at stocking up a good supply of the marshmallow treats, we’ll be taking entries in April. More information, guidelines and sources of inspiration will be posted here in the newspaper, our Facebook and websites later in February.

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