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Douglas County Library welcomes new children's librarian to its staff

A new children's librarian is now a part of the Douglas County Library, and she has already been brainstorming ways to get children and teenagers involved at the library and interested in reading.

Sarah Wethern, formerly of St. Paul, has been working in libraries for many years. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history, she continued her schooling and earned a master's degree in library and information science.

After college, she moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where she worked three years for the Pueblo City-County Library as the teen services librarian.

"I loved my job in Pueblo, but I missed my family who still lives in St. Paul. I saw the position advertised online for the Douglas County Library; it was perfect - close to family but not too close," Wethern said with a smile.

Wethern started working at the library on July 18 and fit right in.

"The library I worked at in Pueblo had five branches and I worked for all of them. This library is smaller, but time has gone by very quickly. I've been brainstorming new programs that children and teenagers might like, but I also want feedback to know what they want specifically," said Wethern.

With all the other forms of entertainment available for children and teenagers, many raise the question about whether children are even interested in books or reading.

"Kids still seem fairly interested in books," Wethern explained. "There are definitely readers out there. Even though there are a lot of other things competing for kids' attention, kids do still read."

According to Wethern, it's a good thing children still enjoy reading.

"Reading helps every aspect of life. It builds vocabulary, opens doors and can even interest children in a future career path. It is important for children to read not only during the school year but also on summer break, which helps kids keep up with what they learned in school."

Wethern is happy to be part of the Douglas County Library, and looks forward to interacting with children and teenagers on a day-to-day basis.

"I'm excited to be here! I hope the community will come in and the kids will get involved in the library programs."