SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Stella Carr has served as a part-time library assistant for children’s services at the South Plainfield Public Library since 2016. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Carr is an alumnus of Montville High School and Washington University of St. Louis, where she earned a bachelor’s in science in psychology with a minor in business.
A mother of four, Carr affectionately attributes her personal ‘adventures in homeschooling’ to what led her to pursue a position at the South Plainfield Public Library. Back when her children were little, Carr often attended story time sessions run by Library Director Linda Hansen and Senior Children’s Library Assistant Mija Clemente.
“I was hooked and brought my kids every week when they were babies,” said Carr. “They practically grew up in the library, reading everything on the shelves.”
After her oldest child entered high school, Carr offered to help out at the library, sending Hansen a note letting her know she was available. About a year and a half later a position became available and Carr has been working at the library ever since.
“I think the South Plainfield Library is a model library... I love the vision that Ms. Linda has to bring the strong reputation of this library to others in the area...” said Carr, adding, “As a mom, I found that I can do so many things here to help my [children] succeed... I just found all of that inviting.”
Carr is available to share her knowledge and experience on homeschooling to parents and is always eager to answer questions and provide more information. Additionally, over the past two years, Carr has worked closely with her colleagues in the children’s department to increase age appropriate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities at the library.
She currently conducts several STEM-related programs aimed at middle and high school-aged students, but children of any age are welcome to attend. One of her most popular programs is Lego Club, which is held on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
On a personal level, Carr said she truly enjoys learning and her position at the library provides her with access to all types of information. “I think that my enthusiasm for the love of learning trickles down to anyone that I talk to about different things that they are studying and working on,” she said, adding that working at the South Plainfield Public Library provides her the opportunity to share her own experiences and help others.
“I am inspired by...things that I have done when I was younger and I want to share [them] with today’s youth...” she said. “I see [what] kids are asking questions about and might be struggling with [and] I try to incorporate things that would build their confidence with that topic.”
For more information on the South Plainfield Public Library and upcoming events, visit http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or call (908) 754-7885. You can also follow the South Plainfield Public Library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary/?ref=br_rs.
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