Here’s news from the Mamaroneck Library:
Meghan Day can’t wait to share her love of children’s books with Mamaroneck’s little ones and teens. The new head of Mamaroneck Library Youth Services said she got hooked on going to the library at an early age by her mom, a children’s picture book author who helped foster her love of children’s literature.
“We had nightly family storytimes, which never lasted long enough for me or my little brother, and my mom encouraged us to write and illustrate our own stories and stacked the shelves full with books,” said Meghan. “I also always looked forward to going to the library–it definitely felt like a weekly treat. I’m very lucky to have grown up experiencing the joy that reading has to offer, and my mom played a big part in that,” she added.
According to Meghan, one of her favorite things about being a children’s librarian is facilitating moments of connection between the kids and really great books. “I love to see a child get excited and watch their eyes light up reading (or listening to) a story,” she said. “I love to witness those moments of connection, when they can relate to what the story is about or can’t wait to find out what happens next in a story,” she added. “I can’t wait to share that joy with Mamaroneck children,” she exclaimed.
“There were a number of highly qualified candidates who applied for this position, but Meghan clearly stood out,” said Library Director Susan Riley. “When we observed her interacting with patrons – her obvious delight in seeing the children and their families – we knew that she was the right person for this job. It takes a very special person to be the Head of Youth Services and we are delighted that Meghan will be working here in Mamaroneck. We look forward to her leadership in the department and to implementing her new service ideas,” she added.
Meghan is very excited to be back in Westchester County and looks forward her first day on April 1st heading the youth services department at the Mamaroneck Public Library. “You can tell from the beautiful newly renovated library facility that this vibrant community really values its library and all it has to offer,” she said.
Meghan Day comes to the Mamaroneck Public Library from the Waldwick Public Library in Bergen County, New Jersey, where she oversaw the children’s and young adult departments. She earned her MLS, with a certificate in children’s and young adult services, from CUNY Queens College in Flushing, New York, and previously worked as a children’s librarian at the Irvington Public Library and the Rye Free Reading Room, both in the Westchester Library System.
Before pursuing her career in librarianship, Meghan worked as a bookseller and children’s book editor, but feels like she’s most in her element working directly with children.
“Fostering a love of reading in children and teens is important,” she said. “It has been linked to future success in life. But what I most want to do is what my mom did…make it fun!”
Meghan replaces the beloved “Miss Marcia” who led the Youth Services Department and shared her joy of reading with generations of Mamaroneck children. Marcia Hupp had served the Mamaroneck Library for nearly 25 years, and retired last year. She moved to Ohio to be closer to her children.