Welcome to our series, all about getting to know our very special Youth Services staff members at the Barrington Area Library! Each month, we'll publish an interview with one of our lovely staff members. Up next we have Youth Services Librarian Claire!



What is your favorite part of working at the Barrington Area Library?

My favorite part of the library is the people here! My coworkers are the absolute best and I love getting to work with them. It's also so nice getting to know the familiar faces that come into our department all the time. 


What are some of your favorite books and/or genres?

Some of my favorite books growing up were Matilda and the Percy Jackson books and they've remained favorites of mine. I like reading a bunch of different genres of both adult and children's books like fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. Once I find a book or series I really love, I could reread it time and time again!

Do you have a hobby or knowledge of a certain topic that you like to incorporate into your work at the library?

I have almost too many hobbies! I crochet, bake, read, paint, sew, and quilt! I'm not a very artistic person, but I am crafty and I love to bring these things to the library and share my enthusiasm with others. We've done some sewing, painting, and even candle making recently and it's been so much fun introducing these things to everybody that comes!


What do you like to do when you’re not working at the library?

I definitely love to read, but I also enjoy baking, playing with my dog, and even doing genealogy research. I started researching my family history quite a few years ago and I now have more than 250 people in my family tree and can trace some lines back to the 1600s! I hope to travel to the places where my many ancestors are from one day. 


If you could be a character in any book in our collection, who would you be?

If I had to be a character in one of our books, I would want to be Annabeth Chase! I told you I love the Percy Jackson series!





    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie