On Thursday, Barbara Brodt will hit the road as bookmobile librarian for the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library.
Brodt, who took over as bookmobile librarian on Feb. 1, has never before driven a bookmobile.
“I haven’t driven anything quite so large,” she said, but she’s not nervous about it. “To me it’s a challenge and I like challenges.”
In fact, she has been practicing her driving.
“I’ve taken it to get gas. I’ve taken it to the service center to get it serviced to make sure it is up and running,” she said. “It really isn’t [difficult] with the mirrors. I don’t think I’m going to have much of a problem.”
As for parallel parking, she said, “Oh, I’m not planning to.”
As bookmobile librarian, Brodt will be visiting schools, nursing homes, day cares and some of the smaller communities in the county.
The first areas of the county she will visit on Thursday will be Merry Oaks and Park City.
“I’ve called everybody on my route. Everybody seems to be really excited,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting these people.”
Brodt wanted to be a bookmobile librarian because she thought it would be a job that would be both exciting and fun.
“I enjoy helping people. When someone comes into the library, and I’m sure it’s going to be the same with the bookmobile, you have to do two things,” she said. “You need to find out what the patron needs and what the patron wants.”
In meeting patrons’ needs, she could be helping a child who is just learning how to read an easy reader, or she may be charged with helping a patron who is visually impaired fined a large print book to read or a book on disc.
“It just does my heart good to be able to meet those needs of the patrons,” she said.
Lynn Andrew, director of the library, chose Brodt to be bookmobile librarian because she thought she had a great personality and the right skills for the job.
“She’s very personable. She’s also quick thinking,” Andrew said.
Brodt, who moved with her husband to Glasgow from Louisville more than 20 years ago, began volunteering at the library about two years ago. She became a library employee a year later, working in the library’s youth services department as a young adult specialist.
“She’s very comfortable with that age group and she runs all the tween and teen programs,” Andrew said. “So, she’s again well-suited for our outreach to the elementary schools with the bookmobile because she’s been dealing with those children when they come into the building.”
Marla Ford, youth service manager for the library, said Brodt is “a wonderful person.”
“I just love her. She’s great with the kids. She’s very outgoing and very helpful,” Ford said. “She’s not one just to sit behind the desk. She’s always out working within the stacks asking people if they need any help.”
The routes the bookmobile will take throughout the county will remain the same as they were prior to Brodt taking over as bookmobile librarian, however, she does plan to make some changes in the summer months due mostly to schools being closed for summer break.
She has also done some rearranging in the bookmobile to make the selections for patrons better.
As for what she is looking forward to the most about being the new bookmobile librarian, Brodt said, “I like it all. I enjoy the one-on-one interaction with people. I am truly looking forward to all of it.”
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