NORTH BENNINGTON —When Jennie Rozycki was in her high school cafeteria lunch line, her friends taunted her about becoming a librarian as they discussed what they wanted to be when they got older. After fighting against that notion for years with dreams to become a writer or guitarist, Rozycki received a Master's degree in library science and will take on her new position as the Library Director at the McCullough Free Library in North Bennington.
"It's so much fun, I love getting up in the morning doing what I do," Rozycki said.
Rozycki grew up in a town just south of Buffalo that didn't have a library, which makes her appreciate her job more.
"I understand the need for a library now," she said. "When I was little I would raid the free books at the post office and read about animals and fantasy. I was ravenous to find anything to read."
Rozycki will takeover for Susanne Warren, who plans to retire, travel with her husband and spend time with her expected grandson.
"I'm actually jealous of Jennie and not being a part of her future transformations," Warren sighed.
"I was talking to my husband thinking, wow this could be my thing that I do," Rozycki said.
Rozycki plans to target a wide range of audiences and bring in more diverse programs. Some activities include a breastfeeding support group, an anti-book club, and introducing little coding robots to help children visually learn.
"I think this is a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the community and make the library a community center for all ages," Rozycki said. "I'm excited to get to know the community a little more."
Rozycki has been the children's librarian since June 2015. When she moved to North Bennington with her husband, she came to the library the first week she was there and got a library card. When she mentioned to Warren she was a librarian, she stored it away for when retirement approached her horizon.
The future librarian director will put an emphasis on physical activity this summer by setting up an event with a roller derby, and even having a dance party.
"I'm trying to think about what adults can do to stay fit and have fun," Rozycki said. "We're limited to what we can do here, but we can branch out to other locations to host larger groups."
Head Start, a program that gives preschool children early education classes to prepare them for kindergarten and help strengthen families who might need guidance in teaching and caring for their children visit the library once a week. Rozycki and the children read two stories, sing and have playtime.
"I never thought I'd work with children," she said. "I'll give the teacher books at the end of our session to take back to the school."
The library has no residency restrictions for membership and is open Tuesday through Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
At the Winterfest this Saturday, the library will share stories about penguins, offer winter crafts and outdoor snow painting. Visit www.mcculloughlibrary.org for more upcoming events.