NORTH BENNINGTON >> Already a familiar face at the John G. McCullough Free Library, Nicole Hall will serve as the new children's librarian.
Hall, who has volunteered at the library since September, started the job in the children's room this month. Originally from central New York, she moved to the Shaftsbury area about a year ago with her husband and 2-year-old daughter.
"I love watching families be together and designing programs that lead to reading books," Hall said. "I plan to continue programming and work with [Library Director Jennie Rozycki] to add programs and enrich learning. It's like all my worlds are colliding — teaching and my love of children and families."
She said she has a degree in early childhood education from the State University of New York at Cortland and has a passion for working with children and families.
Hall said she frequently immersed herself in literature when in school. In fifth grade, she was a reading mentor to another student and in turn, received a poem written about that experience.
"I guess I made a difference," she said. "They [the mentee] even wrote a poem about me! I enjoyed working with kids."
She said she can't decide on a favorite book, but noted that her daughter loves nursery rhymes and the book "Is Your Mama a Llama?" by Deborah Guarino.
Hall said her favorite part about the area is that it's a close-knit community.
"Everyone knows everyone. It's positive and helps to see familiar faces because I'm actually starting to remember people," she said. "It's perfect for our little family."
Every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Hall reads during Tales for Tots Story Time, and she said she thinks the parents enjoy the stories more than the kids do.
Citing Hall's broad range of expertise from teaching all levels of elementary school, Rozycki said she believes Hall's energy and sentiment is ideal.
"I admire Nicole's energy," Rozycki said. "I'm excited about her positive energy and keeping kids' reading skills sharp. We share a common vision for the library."
Rozycki and Hall look forward to the summer reading programs and the open house on May 21. Other events include an adult coloring book series and a potential exposition with the South Shire Roller Derby — Rozycki said she can barely keep the popular graphic novel "Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson on the shelf.
"We support kids, but also have boots on the ground for parents while still promoting reading," Rozycki said.
To find more about what the library has to offer, visit www.mcculloughlibrary.org.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.