JAY — The excitement for reading will easily increase this summer with new children’s and tween/teen librarians doing projects at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library.
Lindsey Hopkins of Jay is the new Children’s Librarian and Alexis Burbank of Waterville is the new Tweens (9-12) and Teens (13-18) Librarian.
Both women work part-time at the library, with Wednesday being the only day they overlap.
“I’m brand new,” Hopkins said. She took over when (former children’s librarian) Priscilla Pineau retired in December.
She also works as a speech therapist in a skilled nursing facility.
“I love children’s books,” Hopkins said. “I have two children and they grew up here and came to the library once they were old enough.”
Burbank, whose family still lives in Jay, has volunteered at Jay’s library since she was in high school. She helped “Mrs. Pineau” in the children’s section and helped library manager Tamara “Tammy” Hoke with summer reading programs.
“I love the age group. They are extremely creative and inventive,” she said. “I work as a professional artist.”
She worked with children in the makerspace, where children can use their imagination and creativity.
“I’m really excited for this summer. We have a lot of cool new projects,” Burbank said. These projects, including cake decorating and movie night, will take place in the library and outdoors.
“Tammy is also setting up an adult summer reading program,” she said.
Hopkins and Burbank share new train books which are dedicated to the late George Jackman, formerly of Jay, who was a professional track foreman on the Maine Central Railroad for 20 years. His love of railroads later led him to work with them for the Maine Department of Transportation.
His friend and colleague, Jonathan Shute, wanted to do something for the children in memory of Jackman, who died on January 26. He donated $300 and others also donated. Hoke purchased books on trains and railroads as well as a set of Thomas the Train tracks and related items for children’s enjoyment.
“We’re really excited about the summer reading program, Oceans Of Possibilities,” Hopkins said. “This is the first time we’ve been able to hold in-person (programs) since COVID began.”
Summer Reading kicks off on June 27. Pre-registration is required. Representatives from the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset will be at the library to give a presentation on tidal pools.
To register, call 207-645-4062, visit in person, or email [email protected]
“I was really happy to have Alex and Lindsey come in,” Hoke said. “The team works very well together.”
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