Welcome to our new Meet the Team page

We are excited to start giving you a sneak peek into the staff and board members behind your Jenkintown Library. Read on to learn a bit more and check back often, as we continue to introduce more of our team!

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.

– Neil Gaiman

 

Maureen MurrayPosition/Committees
Youth Services Librarian

How long have you worked at the Jenkintown Library?
I started in August 2018 so I've been here just over a year and a half!

What is the biggest change you have seen over the years?
This is a tough one since I'm still inching my way towards having worked here for years (plural), but from what I gather the biggest changes have been our newly-minted online presence and our emphasis on providing more programming at the library! Beyond that though, we're really trying to be intentional in living up to our mission as a community space by constantly brainstorming how we can better serve our patrons and become a part of their daily lives and growth. That can be seen in the small touches like adding a community puzzle or larger efforts like working with local businesses to offer community education opportunities and spearheading supply drives to support local, charitable organizations' work.

What is the best part of being on the team?
The best part of being at the Jenkintown Library is definitely the sense of community. We have a really unique opportunity working in this small, borough library because we get to know the patrons who come in here frequently -- by name, by their taste in books, and by the pieces of their lives that they choose to share with us. Those relationships are much harder to develop in a bigger library! For example, I still remember the first patrons I met in the Children's Room on my inaugural day at the library -- and I'm always thrilled to see them and catch up when they come in now! Plus, since I recently moved to Jenkintown myself, I also have the chance to see some of our patrons around town. For me, there's nothing better than that feeling of being in a close-knit community.

What is your favorite book?
Oh, gosh -- this is a cruel question! I'm terrible at picking favorites in general, but when it comes to books it becomes exponentially harder. My favorite children's book will forever and always be The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. The book currently topping the charts for me in general though would be Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson.

What three words would you use to describe the library?
Good-Natured, Purposeful, and Unique

What is on your wish list for the next 5 years for the library?
Oh, there are so many ways I'd love for the library to grow and change in the next 5 years to better serve our community! Since I'm the Youth Services Librarian, I'd be lying if I didn't say I would love for us to be able to have a larger, more accessible Children's Room and a designated young adult section in the library. That said, I think the thing I would most like to see in the next 5 years is a redesign of the first floor to incorporate more areas to sit down, get cozy, and read!

 


 

Penny Cutler

Position/Committees
Board Member: Personnel, Fundraising, Treasurer

How long have you been a Board Member?
18+ years. I was secretary for one year, but spent most of my time on the board as Treasurer - for the last 14 years!

What is the biggest change you have seen over the years?
The biggest change was the remodel of the building. The library used to be just the main, front building, which was called the “Jenkinstown Lyceum”. This is where the local community used to gather and socialize. Besides the physical change of the building, I also helped implement a more efficient payroll service and created a form that helped explain the organizations financials to the board in a more simplified way.

What is the best part of being on the Board?
The best part is that I just love libraries. I also love that our little library here in Jenkintown serves a much larger community that extends beyond our borough.

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is The Virginian by Owen Wister.

What three words would you use to describe the library?
Friendly, Surprising, Historical

What is on your wish list for the next 5 years for the library?
I think that it would be wonderful if we could find a way to expand the library to bring the Children’s Library downstairs to be accessible.