People In Your Neighborhood: Carol Parent, Beardsley and Memorial Library Children’s department

People In Your Neighborhood: Carol Parent, Beardsley and Memorial Library Children’s department
People In Your Neighborhood: Carol Parent, Beardsley and Memorial Library Children’s department
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This is the first of an ongoing series of community profiles from The Winsted Phoenix. If you would like to suggest someone from the community to feature email us at winstedphoenix@gmail.com

People In Your Neighborhood: Carol Parent, Beardsley and Memorial Library Children’s department

Are you from Winsted, how long have you lived here?

This is one of those “back then” tales and it is what I liked best about growing up in the country. Our family moved to Winchester in 1960. Back then, it seemed like everyone knew everyone in every house along each road within a few miles of Winchester Center. There was a close-knit and special community of people who attended either the local church, participated in the grange fair, belonged to the Park Pond Club or basically met several times a year for special events.

What do you love about your job?
Working at Beardsley has a bit of the same nostalgic characteristics of life in Winchester. A few faces have changed but since I started several years ago, most of my co-workers are still here which gives me yet another special community. I began part-time at the circulation desk and am now really enjoying working in Children’s Services. I love that! What an amazing group of young library fans I have met through the years! I love that even more! Oh, and did I mention I get to read exciting, adventurous and sometimes silly picture books each week? Who wouldn’t like that?

What do you love about Beardsley?
I want the children’s room to be a welcoming haven for our visiting families. It’s a safe place for our little ones to learn social skills, begin to enjoy reading and eventually select their own favorite tales to read at home. And that’s a joy for me too! This is a great place to make new friends which applies to the kids AND their caregivers also. From Story Times to animal programs, Summer Reading to holiday parties I am hoping to inspire young ones to love books and young parents to read books to their babies. That is the best part of working in the Children’s Room at Beardsley!

How is the library experience different after reopening?
Since mid-March we have had to reinvent and create new ways to connect with our reading community. We’ve been stretched into learning different forms of communication and programming. This began Beardsley’s Facebook videos including On-line Storytime and Crafts, summer long science experiments, even several cooking videos, along with Good Night Friday Night Bedtime Story Times. Yes, it’s a challenging time but a lot of fun too! I’ve started offering once-a-month Take and Make bags that match Story Time and we will see where this goes in the future. We are using many, many resources to create interesting ways to help us keep connected to what I feel is the most important segment of our community – our youngest patrons!

To see the children’s programs offered go to Beardsley and Memorial Library’s website at beardsleylibrary.org

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Winsted resident Erica Taylor wrote for several years for The Winsted Journal and studied Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.