What is the best way to get to know a librarian? By getting them to talk about books, of course! This month, we are very happy to introduce you to our new Research & Instruction Librarian, Ms. Sarah Yarborough.
We asked Ms. Yarborough…
What was your first library?
“My elementary school was built at the tail end of the Open Education movement, so the library had been cobbled together in the middle of a wide hallway using lots of dark laminate wood shelving. It had to be a “quiet space” so students didn’t disrupt the classes on either side, and this would have been a bleak introduction to libraries without the librarian, Mrs. Stuart. She covered every available space in colorful (and helpful) signage, had dynamic book displays, offered older students different responsibilities around the library, brought in guest storytellers, and held her own storytimes.”
Who are your top five favorite authors?
Today, it would have to be . . .
What are your three “desert island” books?
Let’s go literal!
What is the last book that made you laugh or cry or both?
The Red Threads of Fortune (Neon Yang)
If you could time travel, when and where would you go?
“Around 1611, give but don’t take a year? This is in between outbreaks of bubonic plague in England, so I’ll still get the unfortunate assault on my senses but hopefully less of one on my immune system. I would like to see a play by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men at the Globe before it burns AND a performance of The Roaring Girl.“
What is your favorite room in Ohrstrom Library?
“I may be obliged to say the Reference Room with its seemingly irresistible view of the Chapel, but my favorite room is windowless and the sources are mainly primary not tertiary. The Ohrstrom Library Archives holds a wealth of information on SPS. As a new staff member, it was a fantastic experience learning about the School’s history with Third Form during their HUM III archival research earlier this term.”
What was your favorite subject/class in school?
“English and Theater!”
Why do you like being a librarian at SPS?
“Lots of reasons!
- I’m excited to collaborate with faculty on research instruction and to support students as they navigate research for papers and projects.
- With the current climate for public libraries, I am privileged to be employed by an institution that supports their students’ Freedom to Read. SPS community members can visit the library’s Banned Book display to learn more about book challenges, bans, and censorship legislation across the USA.
- Have you met the library staff? I get to work with them everyday!”
New to Millville? Meet our other Ohrstrom librarians HERE.