MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Meghan Day, who starts as the new head of Mamaroneck Library Youth Services on April 1, said she got hooked on the library at an early age by her mom and can't wait to spread her love of books with Mamaroneck's kids and teens.
Her mother is a children's picture book author who helped foster Day's excitement for children's literature.
"We had nightly family storytimes, which never lasted long enough for me or my little brother, and my mom encouraged us to write and illustrate our own stories and stacked the shelves full with books,” Day said in a statement.
“I also always looked forward to going to the library -- it definitely felt like a weekly treat," she added. "I'm very lucky to have grown up experiencing the joy that reading has to offer, and my mom played a big part in that."
One of her favorite things about being a children's librarian is facilitating kids' relationships with books, she said.
“I love to see a child get excited and watch their eyes light up reading (or listening to) a story,” she said. “I love to witness those moments of connection, when they can relate to what the story is about or can’t wait to find out what happens next in a story."
Day comes to the Mamaroneck Public Library from the Waldwick Public Library in Bergen County, N.J., where she oversaw the children's and young adult departments. She earned her master's in library science, with a certificate in children's and young adult services, from CUNY Queens College and previously worked as a children's librarian at the Irvington Public Library and the Rye Free Reading Room, both in the Westchester Library System.
Before pursuing her career in librarianship, Day worked as a bookseller and children's book editor. But she said she feels like she's most in her element working directly with children.
Day replaces the beloved “Miss Marcia” who led the Youth Services Department and shared her joy of reading with generations of Mamaroneck children. Marcia Hupp had served the Mamaroneck Library for nearly 25 years and retired last year. She moved to Ohio to be closer to her children.
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