Hi! My name is Jessica Chamberlain and I’m the Library Director for the City of Norfolk. I’ve been a librarian for 13 years, even though I never expected to work in a library. After I graduated from college I found myself working part-time at my local library. I love working with people, reading, working with technology, and learning new things. I found out that the library is the perfect place to do all these things.
People know the library has books, but I often get the chance to introduce people to all the other wonderful things we offer. How many times have you gone looking for something on the internet and couldn’t find what you needed? Author Neil Gaiman is famous (in library circles) for saying, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” This is so true! We have found that as more and more people use technology to get information, they still need help to navigate all that information and get to what they want.
We are now in the middle of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Reading during the summer is essential for kids to prevent the “Summer Slide” in learning, and the Summer Reading Program is a fun way to encourage and reward them for doing something good for their brains! Teens and Adults are encouraged to participate too. One of the best ways to encourage kids to read is to let them see you reading too. I hope you’ll stop by the library this summer and enjoy some of the great activities we have going on or simply see what’s new. From comics and videogames to biographies and history – we have something for you!