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New Face, Same Place : Sara Oldenburg

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With the new school year, comes a few new staff members. Sara Oldenburg joined the high school library this school year.

Q: What were your first impressions of the high school?

A: The first time I came and saw it was when last year I subbed for a couple weeks. I was really impressed, because as you know, I was used to the middle school and that’s a pretty small library. I loved how big and wide open it is here, I love the light over there and the tables where you can sit. It’s a really welcoming area. The high school itself I think is beautiful, the commons area, and it just seems like a nice, updated building.

Q: How did your first day go?

A: Really well, actually. Better than I expected. Being new this year, I didn’t really know what to expect, even though I had subbed for a couple weeks. That was really helpful, and the experience that I gained at the middle school very helpful too, like just knowing how the printer works, and how Destiny Quest works, and all that. It was great to know a lot of the incoming freshmen from seeing them at the middle school last year. It was fun to see some familiar faces and be able to welcome the new freshmen.

Q: Can you tell me about your journey as a librarian?

A: Well, my position is actually paraprofessional, so I’m not technically a librarian, but I started subbing at the elementary school two years ago. I started subbing as a para. I was home with my kids for seven years, so then once they were in school I decided to start subbing.  So I subbed at the elementary school for a year, and then got my position at the middle school last year and worked there part time, then ended up getting a full time position here. Which was really exciting. Even at the elementary school, I ended up subbing a lot in the library. I’ve always loved reading, I love working with kids, I love getting the students excited about reading, so it was really fun to find a field I was actually excited about. I never even thought about working in a library, so having the experience both in the elementary and the middle school got me excited for this experience.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the library?

A: Well, I loved the organization of things, I love organizing things in a way that you can find them quickly. I like helping students, if they’re researching a project or just want to find a book for fun, we can help them find it right away. I like having the materials organized for kids to come in if they have projects to work on, if they need paper, or glue, or scissors, or anything, they’ll be able to find it quickly.

Q: Is there anything else you want to tell me?

A: No, not really, other than I’m really excited to be working here.

 

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