Love of spreading reading motivates new librarian
By nusrat Afrin, Junior Writer
Ms. Katherine O’Connell’s love of reading is what drives her to help Hillcrest students appreciate reading as the new Librarian at Hillcrest High School. Ms. O’Connell replaces Ms. Spoljaric who retired at the end of the school year in June.
Although this is his first year working at Hillcrest, this is not the first time Ms. O’Connell has worked in a school as a librarian. Ms. O’Connell has more than 11 years of experience as a school librarian. She worked in Queens for nine years at Campus Magnet High School and two years in Brooklyn at Andries Hudde Middle School.
She wanted to move back to Queens which is why she started working at Hillcrest and loves what she sees here. She finds the students and staff very welcoming and supportive at Hillcrest. “The library is very busy and I see students come in everyday and browse the library collection,” says Ms. O’Connell. .
Her passion for books and the library began during her teenage years as she used to work in public libraries. She always had the passion to read books since she was a kid. The love of books she had, inspired her to become a librarian.
She believes firmly that “reading in general will lead us to have more knowledge in life.” She also believes that students who read regularly tend to do better in their classes than the ones who do not. The Hillcrest library has a huge collection of books and it’s hard for students to find the right book of their choice. Ms. O’Connell knows that not every student likes to read books and in that case she likes to help students find the right book according to their interest. One of her first goals has been reorganizing the area at the Hillcrest Library.
Mr. Binet, the AP of English, hired Ms. O’Connell from among four librarians from across the city because he stated that her skills and “world of experience leads her to have a great vision of the library and book collection.”
Hillcrest students find her very helpful and a student monitor from Health Sciences, Januben Patel, states that “she is always willing to help”. Ms. Lavonia Fricano, who is also our school librarian, has been working here since 2003 and currently works with Ms. O’connell. Ms. Fricano’s experience so far has been that “Ms. O’Connell anticipates to what we need, sees what needs to be done, applies herself in a good way and barely needs any instructions as a new worker.”
So far, it looks like Ms. Katherine O’Connell is a great new edition to our school library and the school itself.
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