Greetings! I’m Nancy Kellner and I joined the library staff in September 2018 as the Youth Outreach Librarian. What does a Youth Outreach Librarian do, you ask? Simply stated, anything conducted outside the four walls of our lovely Rogers Free Library that connects the youth of Bristol to the library and its programs. Here are some examples of our outreach programs–Reading Fur Fun (therapy dogs read with students in local schools), StoryWalks® (picture books deconstructed and mounted on stakes to be read page by page on a trail or path), Popup Story Times (fair weather story times in local parks) and attending local events like the State Street Fair and Mount Hope Farm Farmers Market.
Because I love the interaction with patrons, I also work shifts at the library. You can find me every Tuesday night (from 4-8 pm) in the Children’s Room and occasionally at Main Circulation.
Libraries and books have always been a part of my life. My first ever job was as a page at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA (a town not unsimilar to Bristol). I have also worked or volunteered in public libraries in Evanston, IL; Norwich and Hartford, CT; Plaistow, NH; and Northborough and Shrewsbury, MA. I spent a decade as a banker (don’t ask) and a few years as a stay-at-home mom. But the majority of my working life was as an elementary school librarian where I could combine my skills as a storyteller, my love of children’s literature, my interest in digital technology and my absolute delight at working with school aged kids.
While I haven’t always lived in Bristol (officially a carpetbagger as I moved here in 2017), I call myself a Bristolian-by-choice. Embracing the life of a retiree I found ample opportunities to read, bake, write, volunteer, hike, bike, kayak and (just recently) learning to knit. But libraries continued to beckon and I was lucky enough to be offered this part-time job at Rogers Free Library, a place that now feels like home.
No bio would be complete without mentioning the most precious part of my life, my family–two grown children (one of each variety), a daughter-in-law (and grandchild-to-be) and my college sweetheart of a husband to whom I’ve been married for 40 plus years.