Library Look: Margaret Whalen Stec, LaGrange Park Public Library

Margaret Whalen Stec | Submitted by the LaGrange Park Public Library
Margaret Whalen Stec | Submitted by the LaGrange Park Public Library

This edition of Library Look brings us the LaGrange Park Public Library’s Margaret Whalen Stec, she works in the children’s department.

Q. How long have you been with the library?

A. I have worked in the children’s department for two years. I plan programs, process new books and recommend developmentally appropriate titles for our young readers. This is my favorite part of the job: to connect readers to books that develop a passion for reading!

Q. What is your favorite part of working at the library? Why?

A. The library is filled with two of my favorite things: books and children! I really enjoy connecting young readers to new books and hearing about their reading choices. This is such an important time in their learning, and to develop a passion for reading during the early stages of childhood is so very important to foster life long learning.

Q. What is something library patrons may not know about you?

A. Before coming to this wonderful library, I taught first grade for several years. My present position has been a great opportunity to use my early childhood teaching experience in my story time/after school programs and my reader’s advisory skills.

Q. What do you think is an underused feature of the library and why?

A. I love introducing patrons to the online resources available on our website. This is a fantastic selection that is easy to use and free of charge! Novelist Plus is one of my favorites for read-alikes, and Gale Virtual Reference along with Biography in Context are great for older students’ research projects.

Q. What is your favorite book and why?

A. This is an extremely difficult question to answer for a bibliophile. There are too many! My favorite classics are “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier and “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. Some of my favorite children’s books include: “Goodnight Moon,” “The Secret Garden” and “James and the Giant Peach.” Adult reads? I love anything by Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott and Madeleine L’Engle.

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