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DELPHOS — When I&K Distributers closed last year, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Sarah Brotherwood, who was employed there for 13 years. Searching through job openings in the paper led her to the clerk position at the Delphos Public Library. After reading the description, she knew it was the perfect job for her.
Brotherwood was hired on March 14 and is enjoying settling into her busy routine.

“The day-to-day varies but usually I come in and pull books for the consortium, get those scanned and put them on a shelf for us to get ready,” Brotherwood said. “I also spend time making flyers for upcoming events we have planned. I help check books in and out and I also put books away. I’ve been taking care of our iTunes account and downloading the CD’s we need for story time. We got an iPod, thanks to the Dienstberger Foundation, and I’ve been downloading the CDs into playlists, so we have them all in one place and don’t need to flip through them all.”

Much to Brotherwood’s delight, a large part of her job is helping out Children’s Librarian Denise Cressman.

“I help Denise out with the children’s programs. We’ve been doing a lot with the Summer Reading Program,” she said. “I stay busy getting the flannel boards made up and finding the different photos we’ll need for programs and printing them out. I’ll help out with anything Denise needs, like putting the flowers up on the windows or finding books to display.”

Helping Cressman with programs and activities provides a chance for Brotherwood to spend time with the children, something she looks forward to.

“I love working with the kids,” she said. “It just feels good to know they’re having fun. They’ll come up to me afterwards and give me a hug and it’s because they had a great time. It’s definitely the best part. We’re hoping to see a lot of kids here on June 4, that’s when sign-up is for the Summer Reading Program. We’ve got a lot of activities and things planned for the summer, some really great entertainers and speakers.”

Even if Brotherwood didn’t get to work directly with the kids, she would still find plenty to enjoy about working at the library.

“I really enjoy the people I work with, I’m always telling them that,” she said. “This job keeps me really busy. I love it. There’s always something to do and the days go really fast. I’m always telling them to keep me busy and I can’t really think of anything I don’t like about working here. I even enjoy going back and pulling books because I get to know the sections better.”

Brotherwood lives in Delphos with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters, 11-year-old Virginia and 7-year-old Samantha.


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