New role is dream job for New Ken, Lower Burrell children's librarian
As a young girl, Katie Donahoe would set her stuffed animals in a circle in her room and read to them.
Now Donahoe, 25, gets to pass her love of reading on to children in her new role as the children's librarian at People's Library in New Kensington and Lower Burrell.
“To be able to teach kids is the best kind of work,” said Donahoe, who graduated from Kent State with a master's in library sciences in 2011. “I've always been looking for a place where I can work with children and develop a program that takes into account all the kids' needs in the community.”
Donahoe, a Mt. Lebanon native who lives in Lower Burrell, comes to People's Library from the Brentwood library, where she had multiple roles.
The children's librarian position became available in September after Mary Wesolek — or “Mrs. W” as she was affectionately known — retired after 16 years of service.
Donahoe took the job in late November.
“I really like a lot of her (Donahoe's) ideas,” said library Director David Hrivnak, ”She has a lot of different perspectives on things.
“Libraries are all about change, and she's very tech savvy,” he said. “She has boundless energy and is open to all kinds of ideas and trying new things.”
Hrivnak said having a strong children's program is a key element to a successful library.
“It's hugely important,” he said. “It's very important for children to have a good experience when they come to the library.
“If they have a positive experience at a library when they're younger, they become better readers and learners later in life. And that's important to continue to develop a strong democratic society.”
One of the characteristics Donahoe will bring with her to the library is her love of music. “I never thought I'd have a job where I'd be able to bring my guitar to work every day,” she said. “Getting kids interested in both reading and music is important to their futures.”
Donahoe said she plans to incorporate music into many of her sessions.
For her, the transition to the Alle-Kiski Valley has been a smooth one.
“I feel like I'm being very welcomed here,” she said. “Everyone's been really nice and made me feel at home.”
Donahoe said she hopes she can become the kind of librarian she had when she was a child.
“I really feel like, when I was growing up, the librarians helped instill a love of books and reading in me,” she said. “I hope to do the same with these kids.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Puppy, pals come to rescue of Lower Burrell firefighters
- Body found in Allegheny River in Harrison
- Police investigate reports bus driver allowed Fox Chapel students to change clothes
- Christmas parade gets warm welcome in Saxonburg
- Retirements help trim Arnold budget
- Harrison man held in jail on molestation charges
- Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to begin
- Springdale Township neighbors at odds over drone
- South Butler students push composting as a way to slow food waste
- CNG station approved for Harmar
- Deer Lakes School Board gives $10,000 raise to new Superintendent Logue-Belden