Meet the Staff!
Published on Monday, November 19, 2012 - 12:38pm
Since "Miss Patty's" arrival at Cleveland Park, our younger patrons have flocked to her -- and some have even named toy animals after her. Patty's delightful enthusiasm and hearty laughter enliven our library, and the children adore her for her warmth, openness, and kindness. Patty enjoys being silly, and is totally at ease leading storytime and singing for 1- and 2-year-olds on Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as at pajama storytime in the winter.
We never know how Patty will surprise us: She once wore glorious, iridescent fairy wings, flying through the library. For Halloween, she arrived dressed as Dr. Who, one of her favorite characters.
A talented and self-taught puppeteer, Patty performs with the Mount Pleasant Children's Puppet Hour group. Experienced in community theater, she contributed to the Town and Gown Players -- in her beloved hometown of Athens, Ga. -- as an assistant director, stage manager, actor and board member. She loved her involvement in Something's Afoot, a murder mystery musical comedy, and was especially proud of the Players' three-night, sold-out production of Bent.
An undergraduate of the University of Georgia (and a big fan of the Bulldogs) and a graduate of the University of Maryland Library Science program, Patty has worked in libraries since high school -- first in circulation, then as a library assistant doing children's programming, and now as a full-time children's librarian at Cleveland Park. She feels that middle school and young adult fiction offers some of the best writing now, and her favorite series are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Divergent and Hunger Games. Patty reads every picture book that comes in at least once -- "every wonderful whatever we have at the library," and she keeps up with children's literature reviews and blogs. She also reads lots of graphic novels, and recently attended a multimedia science fiction and fantasy convention. Artistic herself, Patty created fantastical shoes for a friend, and she's helping to design and build the Cleveland Park Library Facebook page.
For our summer reading party in August, "Miss Patty" volunteered to give every child who read 50 hours or more the chance to throw a whipped cream pie at her. So we all know how much fun she has in her job!