Tonawanda News — And she’s loved it all. When asked what library position she loved most, she had a hard time picking just one thing. Ultimately she said she most enjoyed working in teen services, and young adult books are among her favorite.
“My passion really is with teen services. While I was at the Central (Buffalo) Library, I was responsible for opening the teen room,” which provided teenagers with computers, a big-screen TV, gaming systems, and arts and crafts supplies during after-school hours.
“I still get choked up when I talk about it,” she said. “There were kids who said to me, ‘If I wasn’t here, I would be on the street and I’d have nothing else to do and I’d be in trouble.’ “
White left the BECPL system to work at Buffalo Seminary for a couple years, but she said she’s excited to return to public service again in North Tonawanda.
“You never know what you’re going to get (at a public library). You never know what kind of questions” you’ll hear, she said.
She described a day working at the Clarence library when within a 20-minute span, a small boy came in asking for books about how to train his new dog, followed by a grown man asking for books about how to start a small business.
“That right there, in a nutshell, is what I love about working in a public library. The users are interested and curious and want to learn new things,” White said. “I can’t ever remember saying while working at a public library, ‘Oh, that was a really boring day.’ “
White said so far she’s been pleased with her experiences with staff and patrons alike.
“The people who come into this library, they don’t just use the library, they use the library,” she said, gesturing with her hands for emphasis. “They’re enthusiastic users and supporters of the library.”