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Meet the Librarian – Cicely Douglas

1. What is your name and title?

Cicely Douglas, Reference and Teen Librarian

 

2. Give me a description of what your position does and oversees.

I am responsible for maintaining the YA collection; I oversee the Teen Advisory Board, I teach classes, and I provide reference and research services to patrons.

 

3. How long have you been at the Delray Beach Public Library?

Since November 14, 2016

 

4. What did you do before coming to the Delray Beach Public Library?

Previously, I worked for the Palm Beach County Library system for more than seven years. I began as a part-time Children’s Specialist and through the years I graduated to full-time, and was then promoted to Children’s Librarian soon after completing my MSLIS with Florida State University.

While earning my Master’s degree, I accepted an internship here at the Delray Beach Public Library where I volunteered in the Empowerment Zone and in Reference services.

During my career with the county, I managed the Reading Buddies program, oversaw the summer teen volunteers for my branch, implemented a variety of programs, and scheduled presenters.

 

5. What’s your favorite book and why?

It changes depending on so many outlying factors…how I feel that day…what I had read beforehand…the climate around me…etc. I love nonfiction, but when it comes to fiction, I truly love anything written well and shows a side of life that goes unseen. My favorites include Eleanor and Park, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, Persepolis, The Tyrant’s Daughter, and Frankenstein…just to name a few.

 

6. Who is your favorite author and why?

I am a huge fan of Dave Sedaris, I find his writing style hilarious and quirky. I am a huge fan of Marjane Satrapi whose graphic novels are beautifully illustrated and historically significant. My personal collection is filled with books by Zora Neal Hurston, Tony Morrison, and other authors with a powerful voice and incredible writing style.

 

7. What do you do when you are not at the library?

I like to read, listen to audiobooks while cleaning or cooking. I love to learn and often will find a new hobby to become obsessed with. I also enjoy writing, knitting, and I love to travel. I recently went to a fiber festival in New England where I discovered all sorts of interesting crafts and facts about the crafting industry.

 

8. What other non-profit organizations are you involved in?

I am an online UN Volunteer for Play for Peace based in Chicago. I assist with research on peace, play, children, human development, and experiential education. I am also a book reviewer for Library Journal. I am a member of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table and I am one of five editors of its newsletter.

 

9. Where did you go to school and what training do you have for this position?

I have an MSLIS from Florida State University. I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. Believe it or not, my Anthropology degree has come in very useful, especially when considering services and interests of the local community.

 

10. What do you hope to achieve in this position?

1. I hope to garner an increasing amount of interest from the teen community through the development of some of our already amazing programs.

2. I would like help our teen patrons reach their personal and educational goals.

3. I would like to continue to create a space in the Delray Beach Public Library where teens feel comfortable, welcome, and safe.

 

11. What do you love about the library?

I have always enjoyed being surrounded by books. I love that libraries are still steadfast about being associated with books, but also that libraries are places where people can come together through community, culture, and interests. I love that public libraries are available to all people, of all ages and never restricts access to information.

 

12. What inspires you to work at the library?

Libraries are the one place you can go during any moment of your life and discover so many ways to make it even better.