Meet Your Yorktown Librarian: Ellen Tannenbaum


YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Be prepared for excitement at the John C. Hart Memorial Library as the new director of Adult Services, Ellen Tannenbaum, begins her tenure with innovative programs.

When Tannenbaum was only 5 years old, she already loved libraries. As a teenager, a school children’s librarian, Jean Reidy, was Tannenbaum’s mentor: starting as a page at age 14, Ellen went on to graduate from Southern Connecticut University. She has a bachelor of arts in philosophy, a certificate in administration and a master’s of library science.

Tannenbaum brings to Hart her experience as director of the Dover Plains Library and, most recently, her eight years in Youth Services at the Tuckahoe Library.

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The position of Adult Services requires a potpourri of talents. Aside from selecting books and DVDs for the library collection, Tannenbaum will manage the teen volunteers, man the reference desk service, select programs of community interest and create new ones. Along with the summer reading for children and teens, she is planning a summer reading program for adults. Readers will receive a coupon for a free book when signing up and prizes will be awarded for the number of books read.

In June, with the theme “Build a Better World,” the library will be decorated for the event. Many inspired programs are planned like a collage workshop with artist and writer Michael Albert, a gardening workshop plus lectures along with movies and concerts shown throughout the year.

Best of all, Tannenbaum is a master storyteller. During an international festival of storytelling called Tellabration, tales are told in libraries schools and at fairs. Hart Library will host a Tellabration on Nov. 18. Tannenbaum and many other minstrels will perform.

She invites residents to come in and meet with her or give a call at 914-245-5262, ext. 231. She will be happy to hear from you.

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