Barbara O’Brien is thrilled to have been hired as the library tec
She enjoys working with the students as they come to the library to select books, research projects and write essays. On average 70 to 175 students use the library on a daily basis.
“The nice thing about previously working with the school district is that I have known some of these students since they were in kindergarten,” says O’Brien.
The past three years she has worked as a long-term substitute teacher in special education. She began working for the district in 1999 when her son graduated from Westwood High.
Before that time she volunteered within the school system and chaperoned almost every field trip her son went on from preschool through high school.
In addition to working at the high school library O’Brien sells real estate and has worked in the field since 1980. Currently she is a broker at United Country, Ron Martin Reality, based in Chester. These two careers pair well, for she is able to dedicate summers to real estate sales when more people are looking for property.
This school year O’Brien will focus on learning the nuances of her job in the library. She said she likes the way the library runs and both Wallace and her predecessor, Lynn Haas, did an outstanding job creating the system.
She said job would be perfect if there were money in the budget to add to the book inventory but this year there are no funds. That disappoints many of the students, she said.
Students tell her the types of books and authors they like to read and she reviews the New York Times Book list and other resources to find the latest titles geared to her clientele, which are students in eighth through 12th- grade.
O’Brien said there are students who are readers and those who do not like to read, which she tries to encourage.
She is a reader. She also likes to sew and participate in outdoor activities. In the winter she cross country skis and in the summer she enjoys boating on Lake Almanor. Her home is on the east shore of the lake.
She moved to the area from Los Angeles in 1973 and is originally from the East Coast.
“I came up for a vacation and decided to stay,” she explained.
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