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New children's librarian gets 'dream job' at Waynesboro library

December 20, 2007|By BILL KOHLER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A former Baltimore schoolteacher just landed her dream job at the Waynesboro library.

Emily Sharp, 29, of Waynesboro, recently was named children's librarian at Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library on East Main Street.

Sharp, a former preschool and kindergarten teacher in Baltimore for five years, has been working part time at the library since June 2006, but says she now has an ideal position.

"This is my dream job," Sharp said Wednesday. "I've wanted to be a children's librarian since as long as I can remember."

She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Towson University and plans to pursue a master's degree in library media science.

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Sharp said some of her goals for the position include getting computers and new software for children, and acquiring music and computer software for children to check out and take home.

She also said she wants the library to start offering developmental programs for ages 5 and younger, as well as courses for parents to learn more about literacy and the importance of reading to their children.

Jennifer Arnold, who has worked at the library for more than two years, recently was named assistant children's librarian.

The library offers storytime every Wednesday at 10 a.m., a summer reading program for infants to adults called Catch the Reading Bug and computers with Internet access.

The library has about 19,000 patrons.

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