Introducing Rebecca Manos, the new Head Librarian

January 1, 2015

beckymanosBecky Manos, a 13-year Roslindale resident, became the new head Librarian at the Roslindale Branch in September 2014. The 21-year BPL veteran received her Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons. She also has a Masters of Early Childhood Education. She comes to the Roslindale branch from the Parker Hill branch, where she has worked for 13 years. When this mother of three is not at the library, look for her shopping with her husband or her daughter, hanging out with friends at Starbucks, or busy at church. We caught up with her by email a few weeks ago.

Favorite Roslindale spot: Staples, Village Market, and my backyard in the summer with our two dogs and the birds

Now reading: Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

Book that had a profound influence on me: The Bible. As a teen, I started reading it and it affected my life in a meaningful, fulfilling way.

My first task at the branch is to: Get to know my staff and Friends group.

One year after I start, the branch will: have a monthly book discussion group.

Latest book recommendation: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Why public libraries matter:
1) The library provides books and audiovisual materials for people of all ages free of charge.
2) The library is a community gathering place, providing an opportunity to experience programs and exhibits that enrich and educate the neighborhood.
3) The library is a resource place for the community to share information.
4) The library provides early literacy experiences for children through story times and other activities.
5) The library reaches out to neighborhood schools and teaches children how to find books and online information as well as books for pleasure reading.
6) The library provides opportunities for new Bostonians to learn English, meet people, and find information.
7) The library provides free computer/Internet for patrons to enjoy or use for seeking jobs and information.

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