This librarian jumps right in

  • Andrea Connolly is the new children's librarian at the Jaffrey Public Library.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Andrea Connolly is the new children's librarian at the Jaffrey Public Library.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Andrea Connolly is the new children's librarian at the Jaffrey Public Library.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Andrea Connolly is the new children's librarian at the Jaffrey Public Library.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/30/2016 9:06:21 PM

With a family full of librarians and a vast interest in literature, it was inevitable that Andrea Connolly would become a librarian.

“We have always been a big book family,” said Connolly, the new children’s librarian at the Jaffrey Public Library. “My sister and I started our own library when we were kids. We used those lids from the frozen juice containers to keep track of what people were checking out.”

Connolly began her job as the children’s librarian on May 16. A Florida native, Connolly’s first steps in Jaffrey weren’t until the Friday before she started working in town.

“I love it up here so far,” said Connolly, who said she conducted her interviews for the job via Skype. “It’s so beautiful and I love the sense of community.”

Connolly has a master’s degree in library and information studies from Florida State University and an undergraduate degree in British literature. Previously employed in Sebring, Florida, as a library assistant, Connolly said she already has a lot of experience working with teens and children.

“When I first toyed with the idea of being a librarian, I was put in charge of a teen summer program,” said Connolly. “I was given a budget and everything. I was a volunteer, but when a position opened up, I jumped right in.”

While Connolly says she has a number of ideas for great children and teen programs, her first priority is getting to know the climate and desires of the people who frequent the library.

“I’ve worked with every age group, from teenagers to babies,” said Connolly. “I love working with the whole spectrum. There is so much creativity and you never know what they are going to say.”

Understanding the changing dynamics of libraries and thir role in the community, Connoly hopes to create an environment that allows children of all levels to discover their potential.

“Libraries are becoming places where people can develop their skills and pursue interests,” said Connolly.

Connolly’s favorite children’s and young adult authors include Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, and Jonathan Stroud.

“I love anything with a good amount of humor,” said Connolly. “If you don’t stop me, I could talk about my favorites forever.”


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