The Scranton Memorial Library has announced that Jessa Franco has recently joined their staff as the new Teen Librarian. Here, in a Q & A, Jessa opens up about what's in store for Madison teens.
Are you local?
I am not local to Madison. I grew up in Ledyard, Connecticut, about 5 minutes from Foxwoods.
Where did you work before coming to Scranton?
In graduate school, I worked for Mystic & Noank Library as an intern in the Children’s Department and substitute librarian. I also worked for Groton Public Library as an intern, where I designed programming for teens with autism. After I graduated, I was hired as the Young Adult Librarian at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. I worked there up until my employment here!
Any successful and exciting collaborations in your previous library post?
When working at the Groton Public Library I worked intimately with the Parks and Recreation Department to design a social program for teens with high functioning autism or Asperger’s.
What kind of programming are you looking forward to planning for Mad teens?
I love technology and greatly look forward to doing more tech based programs. I am also excited to revitalize the Reading Buddies program. One of my major goals is to promote the current and future programs as inclusive events. I have a lot of experience with assistive technology and inclusive programming from my work with Groton Parks and Recreation that I hope to use when planning programs for Madison.
Do you have any hobbies or superpowers that you think will help you in your new position?
As a librarian it is pretty safe to assume that I am a huge reader, however I do have hobbies outside of that. I love DIY and crafting, especially anything involving paint. I know a bit about circuitry and can make almost all of my projects light up, which is something I plan to do with the teens here!
What is your favorite genre? Author?
It sounds cheesy, but I really like everything. The only genre that I’m skeptical of is Horror, but I’ve recently discovered a few titles that are changing my opinion. As for authors, I love Libba Bray, Holly Black, Johnathan Maberry, Neil Gaiman, and many more! My favorite recent release is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Oh this is a hard one! I like movies, but I love TV shows. My favorites that are still airing are: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Agents of Shield, The 100, Once Upon a Time, and Grimm.
What does your day off look like?
A typical day off involves catching up on reading, painting, and playing with my dog. Boo is a two year old Dogo Argentino. He is solid white with a reputation for being mischievous. Trick training really helps with that, so we’ve developed quite the routine!
The Public is invited to a Meet & Greet with Jessa Franco,
Scranton Memorial Library's new Teen Librarian
Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
Please drop in and say Hello!