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Thursday, September 29, 2011

New children’s librarian came ‘back home’ to Forsyth

Rachel Miller, Children's Librarian

While amenities abound in Forsyth, it is the community’s enthusiastic support for Forsyth Public Library that most impresses the new Children’s Librarian Rachel Miller. Miller, a former school and youth services consultant for Rolling Prairie Library System (RPLS), joined the library staff last spring. She notes that “the library is a crucial part of the Forsyth community.”

Miller is no stranger to some Forsyth residents since she served in the late 1980s as “…the library director, children’s librarian and jack-ofall trades” when Forsyth Library was much smaller and located in what is now the community room. She said there is a certain comfort level returning to familiar surroundings.

“In the community room, there’s a very different feeling. I can see shadows of the old library like, ‘that’s where the circulation desk once was.’ But look at this building! It’s a great place to work,’” Miller said.

Leaving Forsyth those many years ago came when motherhood intervened. Years of freelance work in storytelling and children’s programs followed with later work in the Meridian school system and RPLS. Miller said she “hated to leave Forsyth [library]” at the time, but she and her husband, Roger, decided for her to be a stay-at-home mom to their two sons. Both sons are now grown and have pursued degrees from the University of Illinois, which is where Miller herself received a master’s degree in library science years earlier.

Returning to Forsyth she sees as an opportunity to continue what has already been started by her predecessor Lorraine Getty and Head Librarian Jean Campbell in building and making connections with families, according to Miller.

To that end, Miller said she welcomes and appreciates that opportunity to get to know residents: “I love it when people come in and introduce themselves.” She said she wants to be a resource for the whole family and feels that getting to know families and their reading preferences will help her as she continues to develop the children’s and young adult collections and to provide programming for teens and services that affect families.

“We already have wonderful library programs.” she said.

Part of Miller’s duties are classroom visits to the Decatur Christian School as a liaison with school staff. Likewise, she will also be available to help the Maroa-Forsyth Grade School library program when requested.

“We can get materials from all the area libraries, and everything arrives quickly,” she said. Currently a fiction series by author Rick Riordan with his twist on Greek mythology seem to be especially popular among students in the fourth through eighth grade levels, she said.

Miller’s part-time hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Monday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; and 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Thursday.

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