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Michelle Farella
Works at West Hartford Public Library
Attended Pratt Institute
Lived in Danbury, CT
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Heartwarming read :-)
A salute to society's most successful civic institution. The public library is the only civic institution in my community that is uncompromisingly successful. Not everyone in my small town is crazy about the police force, and not everyone is all that pleased with the public schools. No one ever seems terribly happy with the planning board, the architectural review board, the board of trustees. Some people think the volunteer firemen get too much ...
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Looks like a good read! Although, I'm a little skeptical of the author's perspective as he comes from an academic library. 
When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need libraries? Book review of "BiblioTech" by John Palfrey
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"Cutting funding to our public libraries at any level of government is short-sighted and, in my opinion, indicative of a fundamental lack of understanding and vision about just how important our public libraries are – to our communities and to our state’s economic health." Tony Hwang
I could not have said it any better, and I'm so glad Senator Tony Hwang sees the importance of libraries!
Something amazing is happening in our public libraries. What was once simply a place to read books and conduct research has evolved into a full-fledge idea factory, business incubator lab, job search central, meeting place, and an all-around hub of economic activity, innovation and ...
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I'm loving these innovative ideas!
Laundromat, bike check-out among blue-sky ideas for a new main branch
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Good list
Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.
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Librarians already know this, but it's a good read nonetheless!
Kids in Providence’s program wear a device that records adult words, child vocalizations, and conversational turns. Credit Illustration by Leo Espinosa
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Great read about summer reading!
Many librarians say it’s time to overhaul the whole idea of mandatory reading in June, July, and August. Read what they're doing about it—and check out 10 tips to flip the summer reading experience.
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VERY good read!
To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can't.
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Maker Space in the hospital! What a great idea!
At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.
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Children's Librarian
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  • West Hartford Public Library
    Children's Librarian, 2012 - present
    • Provide assistance on the Children's reference and circulation desks • Provide Children's programing and storytimes • Perform summer reading skits to the 11 elementary schools
  • Wilton Library Association
    Children's Librarian, 2008 - 2010
    • Performed story time for 2s and 3s age group • Oversaw and maintained series and periodicals sections of the Children’s library • Programing for children, infant to twelve years old, in an effort to instill a life long love of reading and increase library utilization • Ensured that website was up to date by furnishing technology services with pictures of the latest acquisitions • Supported the Library Friends program by keeping patron records up to date
  • Wethersfield Library
    Circulation Substitute, 2010 - 2010
  • Wilton Library Association
    Children's Library Assistant, Shelver, Circulation Assistant, 2006 - 2008
  • Columbia University
    Cataloging Intern, 2009 - 2009
    • Cataloged a rare collection of trade catalogs at Columbia’s Architectural and Fine Arts Library using MARC21, AACR2 standards, and Library of Congress Subject Headings • Gained familiarity working with OCLC; Updating OCLC records, original cataloging in OCLC, uploaded records to Columbia’s catalog, and working with Voyager
  • Philips Research Briaricliff
    Corporate Library Assistant, 2008 - 2009
    • Cataloged books to the library’s specifications • Performed remote and on site database searches and article retrieval for researchers • Gained familiarity searching EBSCO, Pub Med, Web of Science, and a variety of other electronic databases • Managed interns
  • Springfield City Library
    Children's/Reference Librarian, 2010 - 2012
    • Reference desk work involving readers advisory, helping patrons find information, placing holds, retrieving requested materials, and registering patrons for programs • Assisted in the Mason Square branch library as an Adult, Teen, and Children’s Librarian (Circ. as needed) • Participated in outreach to local daycare centers, community groups, and schools • Performed computer classes for preschoolers • Performed baby, toddler, and preschool storytimes • Conceived, organized, and implemented programs for children infant to twelve years old • Ordered paperbacks, audiobooks, CD-ROMs, graphic novels, and board books for the main library and the Mason Square branch library through Baker and Taylor and Ingram • Member of the website team, collaborated with colleagues to streamline our web presence
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Danbury, CT - Springfield, MA - London, England - Florence, Italy - Yonkers, NY
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Children's Librarian. New York native. Pratt alum. Lover of audio-books, mobile technology, exercising, and my boyfriend.
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  • Pratt Institute
    Library and Information Science, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Connecticut
    English and Theatre Studies, 2001 - 2005
  • Danbury High School
    1998 - 2001
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