Meet the new Hollis librarian

Friday, May 17, 2013


Staff Writer

HOLLIS – Although she just started her new job as children’s librarian at the Hollis Social Library a few days ago, Vicky Sandin is already excited about all the programs she plans on implementing and the new friends she’s making.

Sandin said she just fell into her career choice.

“I was always a bookish girl,” she said. “When my boys were born, we were always at the library. I ran the school book fair or volunteered in the school library. As they got older, I realized it was something I could probably do.”

Sandin, who has lived in Brookline for about 10 years, began volunteering at the town library before being hired as an activity programmer four and a half years ago, and eventually advanced to the children’s librarian position. At the same time, she began working on her master’s of library science degree online through South Connecticut State University.

“There is a different discussion question every week, and you have all week to do it on your own time,” she said. “It’s fantastic.”

Sandin has just a few classes left, and expects to complete her master’s degree by summer 2014.

She anticipates keeping many of the successful current programs in place, such as the mother/daughter book club and story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

However, she also has plenty of ideas for new activities, including a bilingual story time.

Sandin is Columbian, and as a child lived in many places including New York City, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia, thanks to her father’s job as a diplomat.

“There are a lot of good bilingual books out now,” she said, “and people are excited to have a Spanish class. We’ll have story time, learn phrases and simple words, songs, and do crafts. Since it is a library setting and not a continuous class, it’s better to make them comfortable with words.”

The Young Adult area has recently moved to a different space in the building, and Sandin and Library Director Lucinda Mazza are excited about the new setting, new furniture and new YA programs.

Once the room is all set, Sandin hopes to hold a manga workshop where a cartoonist would teach teens how to draw cartoons.

“I’m trying to figure out through the convergence of different mediums how to get boys to come (to the library) and girls to stay.”

Other programs in the works include movie nights and a Lego challenge, as well as the upcoming summer reading program.

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