Four Questions: Youth and Family Services Manager Jennifer Sullivan

APL Youth and Family Services Manager Jennifer Sullivan and Hank the Rescue Horse

I came up with four questions to ask our new Youth and Family Services Manager, Jennifer Sullivan, to help our members get to know her better through her own words. We are excited to have such a thoughtful and passionate librarian on board!

Jan Moffett, APL Digital Content Coordinator

What made you decide Anderson Public Library was the place for you?

I spent the last 8 years working in larger library systems, and while I gained a lot of valuable experience, I found them to be very impersonal, less responsive to the community, and confining professionally. I really wanted to get away from large systems, and when this position opened up just minutes from my home in Central Kentucky, I just had a gut feeling it would be a great fit. It’s just the right size and this role allows me to fully utilize all my skills and continue to grow professionally. The staff here at APL are great and have been very welcoming and are making it an easy transition. I really look forward to getting to know the community better, and I’d love for people to stop by and say hello!

What books did you love as a kid?

All books! I read anything and everything, but the ones that stand out in my memory are some of the classics: Pippi Longstocking, Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and the Trixie Beldon mysteries. One picture book I remember strongly identifying with was Harvey’s Hideout by Russell Hoban. It was about an older sibling wanting a secret hideaway to get away from his younger sister, and as the eldest of four siblings, I could really relate to that feeling!

Why do you think Public Libraries are important for children and young people?  

So many reasons! Libraries support literacy and lifelong learning by providing not only the materials and means for reading and finding information, but by providing programs and services that support early literacy and other developmental skills, enrich and inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world, and allow creative expression. Public libraries also provide a place for youth of all ages and caregivers to socialize, network, or just be. I’ve seen many friendships develop during the course of a library visit!

Can you give us a sneak preview of one or two things you’re planning for the year ahead?

With all the Covid variants continuing to pop-up, it’s a little hard to make concrete plans, but being a true dinosaur fanatic I have big plans for several dinosaur/paleontology-themed activities for “Dinovember”, and with this year’s summer reading theme being “An Ocean of Possibilities.” I will definitely have something fun planned for Shark Week!