AU SABLE FORKS - The Au Sable Forks Free Library recently welcomed a familiar face as its new director.
Susanna Carey, a native of Jay, graduated from Drexel University last September with a Master's degree in Library Science. Now, she's in charge of daily operations at one of the libraries she grew up using.
She takes over for Carole Osborne, who after more than 10 years of service at the library, took a full-time position in Lake Placid.
"I've been using this library pretty avidly in the summers during college and when I came home from college," said Carey. "That's how I got to know Carole and started volunteering."
Carey, 24, volunteered many afternoons at the library before applying for the vacated position. She spent plenty of time assisting Osborne before being officially hired Nov. 23.
"She was definitely instrumental in helping me learn the system and getting to know the patrons," said Carey of Osborne. As director, Carey has already brought some fresh ideas to the library. Reorganization of a former office there opened up space to devote exclusively to the library's special "Adirondack" collection.
Also, Carey has instituted a new Story Time program for children ages three to seven. The program will start Jan. 23 and continue on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through April 10.
Carey's mother, Holly, who has years of experience working with children as an English and Reading teacher, leads the half-hour sessions that begin at 10:30 a.m.
"I'm excited to get a kids' program in here," said Carey, noting that it may expand if there's a significant response from participants.
The Au Sable Forks Free Library, one of many libraries included in the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, offers a wide selection of books, movies and other media through their local collection or through inter-library loans. The library also offers free internet access for its patrons.
Carey said she is grateful for the help of a handful of volunteers who have been devoting time at the library. After all, it's a pretty popular place, having recorded 15,790 visits in 2009.
"I'm excited to be here," she said. "it's a great little community and it's been especially exciting getting to know people."
The Au Sable Forks Free Library is open Monday through Friday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact the library at 647-5596.