“I am very excited about moving to Beeville and starting this job working with the talented, diverse and committed team that the library has.
“I came here directly from Jacksonville, Fla., but I am a native Texan. I was born in Houston, where I attended nursing school at Hermann Hospital School of Vocational Nursing. After graduation, I worked mostly in pediatrics since I have always enjoyed working with children and teens. After leaving Texas, I lived in Washington State and British Columbia, Canada, for almost 10 years while I attended Western Washington University and then graduate school.
“At Western, I was named one of their Notable Scholars and spoke during Scholar’s Week on a topic related to the Holocaust.
“After I graduated from Western, I then attended the University of North Texas where I earned a master of library science with my concentration in youth services and storytelling.
“For the last three years, I have been working for Jacksonville Public Library as a children’s librarian.
“I have implemented new programs such as opening and closing parties for the summer reading program and a girl’s book club.
“My hobbies are cooking, listening to a variety of music genres, playing the harp (badly), telling and listening to stories, and, of course, reading.
“I have a service dog, a collie, named Reba. Her hobbies are watching Lassie DVDs and looking for a kid named Timmy.”
The new librarian looks forward to meeting everyone and extends an invitation to the community to drop by the library to say hello.
She, as a representative of the library, wants to lead Beeville’s children and young adults to some great books that they will enjoy (and may even) learn from.
She is excited about this summer and the opportunity she will have to start working with all of Beeville’s residents, and especially the youth.
“Higher reading scores, higher graduation rates and higher goals being achieved, all start with a child being led to books. Let’s get to it,” said Ms. Bartha.