Today, let's head over to Lake Merritt and meet Miriam Medow, the children's librarian at the Lakeview Branch Library.
Miriam, what brought you to the Lakeview Library?
I was drawn to the Lakeview branch because of its awesome location in the vibrant and beautiful Grand Lake neighborhood. As you could guess from the branch name, we can see Lake Merritt from our front door!
Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you.
On the very best days, my work involves singing and dancing and sharing books with kiddos. Each day also includes a lot of asking, "how can I help you?" Last week, I found myself ordering Lego pieces off eBay -- it's fair to say that no days here are identical. But it's typically a satisfying balance of face-to-face, experiential work (leading programs, staffing the reference desk) with computer work and other tasks (placing book orders, sending emails).
What is your favorite thing about the Lakeview Library?
Storytime! Every Wednesday morning, we ROCK OUT at Toddler Time and Baby Bounce. Saturday's Family Storytime is a party, too. Storytimes here are super interactive, joyful, and a little bit wild -- they're definitely the highlight of my week.
Where is your favorite place to visit in Oakland?
Ooooh, how about the Fox Theater, for an amazing show? There are so many places I love in Oakland, it's hard to choose just one! My favorite is taking my little dog out walking in Oakland neighborhoods and finding what there is to discover block by block. Especially when there are trumpet flowers blooming :)
What's your favorite book?
It changes daily. This very moment, as I'm preparing to visit some preschool classes, I'll claim Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin as my fave.
What's your favorite food?
What's the craziest thing you've ever seen in a library?
A room full of kids, jumping, shrieking and waving arms in the air as the Bubble Lady barraged them with, what else? Bubbles! Sheer mayhem!!
Thanks for sharing, Miriam!
Anytime. See you soon.