HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights has named Maureen Herman the new Youth Services Librarian-in-Training. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees at their April meeting.

Herman has been with the Library for five year, and replaces Kate "Miss Kate" Senedzuk. She is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San Jose State University. She was previously the assistant in the Youth Services Department.

"I love getting kids excited about reading," said Herman. "I love going to work. It always feels like a pleasure"

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She has been a vocal advocate for diverse voices in contemporary books, calling herself a "huge proponent" of graphic novels.

After working in New York City for 12 years, Herman stayed home to raise her three children, Sam, Ryan and Carly. And she made full use of the area libraries.

"I didn't realize how much the library meant to families and the opportunities that are there," she observed.

While the Hasbrouck Heights Library is temporarily closed due to the Governor's stay at home measures, she and the rest of the staff are still available via chat through the website. Herman also encourages parents and students to borrow eBook through Overdrive and Hoopla. She said Hoopla has a variety of children's books and there's no waiting. People can also borrow audiobooks, graphic novels and comics. 

"There's a lot of online resources to get books into their hands," she said. 

Looking ahead, Herman said she wants to "carry on all the fun activities and bring new things into the mix once the library re-opens."

In the meantime, she looks to continue to share her joy of books with children.

"I found my place, I found my passion," she said. "I love when I find kids a book that they love."


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