Falmouth Memorial Library welcomes new children's librarian

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FALMOUTH — Will Brown is the newest face at the Falmouth Memorial Library.

Brown took over as the new children’s librarian three weeks ago and has already done a Valentine’s Day-themed craft day for young children and has plans for a  technology week event for teenagers to discuss ways their cell phones can be utilized for library-related activities.

“I’ve been enjoying it. It’s very busy,” Brown said Tuesday as he stacked a pile of children’s books.

Brown earned a master’s degree in library sciences from Syracuse University, although he first attended the Maine College of Art in Portland, studying metalsmithing and jewelry-making.

“My background really helps when I’m planning craft days,” he said.

With changes likely coming to the library next year, including a possible move to the Lunt School building, Brown said he hopes to create a more inviting space for the teenage users of the library.

“I’d like to give them a place that’s good to hang out in,” he said. “A comfortable space to study.”

Brown worked previously at the Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook as a teen services librarian. He said he participates in the Southern Maine Library Book Group, which gets together regularly to discuss new books and what books each library is purchasing.

“We’re seeing a lot more audio-visual offerings,” Brown said. “Some sing-alongs and interactive books.”

He has already made a few small changes in Falmouth, including separating the graphic novels into those aimed at young children and those meant for young adults.

“They were all over in the teen area before,” he said.

Brown has added another baby story time on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. and hopes next month to add a pre-school story time on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Brown has also already begun establishing a relationship between the public library and the schools. He spent a day at the Plummer school working with the gifted and talented students, and grading presentations the by the students.

He said he hopes to spend time working with children and teens of all ages, listening to what they want for books and programming, and using technology to create new options for them.

“I’m eager to see what the kids come up with,” he said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net

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Will Brown puts away some recently returned children’s books at the Falmouth Memorial Library. Brown took over as children’s librarian three weeks ago, replacing Louise Capizzo, who moved to the Scarborough Public Library.

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