New librarian on the go

Jacquelynne has been with the Fraser Valley Regional Library system for nearly a decade – she started as a page and recently completed her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of British Columbia.

She’s here! Jacquelynne Garden, our new ‘Librarian On The Go’ is here!

Jacquelynne has been with the Fraser Valley Regional Library system for nearly a decade – she started as a page and recently completed her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of British Columbia. She apparently trains lions for the circus in her spare time but I don’t know if that’s really true.

I do know that she grew up in South Langley, which she describes as “the boonies of Aldergrove”. She loves small towns and is planning to move closer to the Upper Fraser soon. She told me that she enjoys reading, movies, travel, and music. Favourite authors? Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre), Kate Morton (The Forgotten Garden), and anything by Bill Bryson. “The extremely wonderful thing,” she says “about being a librarian (or working in a library) is the endless supply of wonderful things to read, I think everyone in this line of work starts off with a love of books and comes to love the library as a community institution.”

Jacquelynne will be travelling between Chilliwack, Yarrow, Agassiz, Boston Bar, Yale and Hope, delivering programs in our communities as she goes. She started this past week in Hope as a score-keeper at the Reading Link Challenge event at Coquihalla School (Congratulations, Coquihalla BOOM!) and throughout the year, she will be visiting our schools, daycares, senior’s programs, and attending our community events.  I’m really excited about having Jacquelynne on board – I’m sure you will meet her out and about soon.

And an update: Anyone toodling around on the library’s website will have noticed our new ‘socially-minded cataloque’ – the very innovation that I hinted about last time. Isn’t it fabulous? You can follow other users, give recommendations, send messages – kind of, sort of, a little like Facebook for library users. My user name is appleby_bc – derived from a book my children loved when they were smaller. If you can tell me the name of the book, come into the library and I’ll make sure you get a prize!

Coming up:  Author Adam Lewis Schroeder will read from his latest book ‘In the Fabled East’, a poignant story of mother, son, man and woman – on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Screen-Free Week is April 18 – 24 so turn those screens off and come enjoy a free evening out!

Jacquelynne’s Librarian On the Go Staff Pick:

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is currently keeping me company on my daily commute in the form of a CD Book. So far, I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it’s a witty and light read (or listen). It impresses me with its treatment of relationships and the lightly touched theme of getting older and how things change, even for respectable, retired Major Pettigrew when he begins a friendship with Mrs. Ali, the local shopkeeper in his small English town.