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Massena Public Library has new children’s library assistant

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MASSENA - The new face at the Massena Public Library will soon be a familiar face to the library’s young readers.

Samantha Page began her new role as part-time youth services library assistant at the end of August. She replaces Kimberly Holmes, who had been with the library since Sept. 28, 2012 and recently accepted a full-time position with the New York State Department of Corrections.

A north country native, Ms. Page is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.

“I’m a certified teacher,” she said.

In her teacher role, Ms. Page substitutes in grades four through six as needed Mondays and Fridays at St. Lawrence Central School. She also coaches basketball at the school.

In her library role, she will be working with young readers 30 hours a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays, assuming responsibly for all children’s and young adult programming.

She has also previously worked with circulation at the SUNY Potsdam library, and served as a teaching assistant with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Both the teacher and library roles fit well with her interests, according to Ms. Page.

“I just like working with kids,” she said.

She’ll have plenty of opportunity to work with them in the weeks ahead. Among the upcoming activities are Story Walk Oct. 5 at the Robert Moses Nature Center, a children’s Halloween craft on Oct. 27 and the “Read-To-A-Dog” program every second Wednesday starting Oct. 2.

“Halloween is coming up. We’ll do jack-o’-lanterns and skeletons and monster jars,” she said.

Storytime is also held Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Bibliobabies takes place Friday mornings.

Ms. Page said she has enjoyed her Storytime sessions so far, reading to the youngsters.

“They’re good and fun,” she said.

Part of the transition to the new job has involved getting things organized so she’s prepared for her visits with children.

“The first few days I organized all the craft stuff,” Ms. Page said.

One of her new initiatives is to start doing a “Letter of the Week” that can help the young readers start to get immersed into the core curriculum they’ll face in school.

Her goal, she said, is “helping kids learn and trying to make it fun.”

And if she has questions, Ms. Page she knows who to turn to - library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer, who held that position for 11 years.

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