Get to Know Our Children’s and Young Adult Staff Members…
Courtney Bonnet, Children’s Librarian – [email protected]
“I have worked in the Children’s Department at Northland since August 2013. I coordinate and perform outreach visits at the local daycare’s and schools. Throughout the year I do storytimes, STEM programs, Family Fun Nights and other various programs. At the end of the school year I love going out and promoting our Summer Reading Club! The library is an amazing organization and I am proud to work somewhere that provides FREE fun and educational services to all of its patrons!”
Courtney’s Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(I even have a Harry Potter room in the cupboard under my stairs!)
Favorite Picture Book: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Favorite Easy Reader: There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
Favorite Chapter Book: The Witches by Roald Dahl
Favorite Fiction: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Jeanne Bondi, Librarian – [email protected]
Mrs. Bondi has been at Northland since 1997. She is in charge of Northland’s extensive children’s audio-visual collection, and is Northland’s chief animal wrangler.
Kim Englert, Children’s Library Assistant and Program Specialist
“I first worked at Northland from 1991 thru 1999, returning in 2005. I have worked as a shelver, circulation clerk, shelver supervisor, and circulation manager, but my favorite position by far has been working with the children in Northland’s Children and Youth Services Department. My co-workers have dubbed me the STEM Guru when I started the Science-Tots Storytime. Other STEM programs I lead are Children Science Investigators (CSI) Club; Mission…Club; Family Science Olympiad; and for the Arts part of STEAM; as well as Music and Movement. I love playing the guitar. I have learned to love STEM. I am currently learning to play the ukulele, and absolutely love helping with our outreach programs. Northland is an exciting place to work and our patrons are the best!”
Kim’s Favorite Book: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Favorite Picture Book: I’m Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen
Favorite Easy Reader: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Favorite Fiction Series: Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull
Mary Menk, Librarian – [email protected]
Mrs. Menk is Northland’s Young Adult specialist. She is in charge of the Young Adult collection, and does outreach to the middle and high schools, as well as planning and presenting all of Northland’s young adult programs. Mrs. Menk has been at Northland since 2013.
Raeann MacNeil, Children’s Librarian – [email protected]
I’ve worked at Northland since 2014, first as a shelver and then in circulation, and I’m excited to be a part of the CATS team! I help out with various programs, storytimes, and outreach visits. I also take care of the children’s graphic novel collection (which are great books for encouraging reluctant readers). My favorite part about working in CATS is getting to know our littlest patrons. I hope I can help encourage them to become lifelong readers and library patrons!
Favorite audiobook: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, read by Jim Dale
Favorite chapter book: The Secret of Platform Thirteen by Eva Ibbotson
Favorite graphic novel for kids: Avatar the Last Airbender: the Lost Adventures by Brian Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino
Favorite graphic novel for teens: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
(Hey adults! Ask me about my favorite graphic novel for you.)
Susan Brennan, Library Assistant – [email protected]
Mrs. Brennan has been at Northland since 1989. She maintains the paperback collection. Susan designs the book displays, and plans and presents many of the craft programs Northland offers for children.
Susan Claus, Children’s Librarian and Department Manager – [email protected]
“I’m a lifelong Pittsburgher, married with two grown sons. I have a BFA in Illustration from Carnegie Mellon University and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. I’ve worked at Northland since 1999, briefly in the computer center and the adult services department, but mostly in children’s. My current focus is on early literacy; planning and presenting programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Storytelling has always been a strength at Northland, and I have enjoyed learning from fellow librarian Mary Morgan Smith, and telling stories to all ages. Speaking of storytelling, ask me about Kamishibai!”
Favorite Picture book right now: Press Here by Herve Tullet
Favorite Easy Reader of all time: Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
Favorite Non-Fiction Children’s Book: D’Aulaire’s Trolls by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Favorite Chapter Book: Matilda by Roald Dahl
Favorite Fiction for grown-ups: Butterflies in November by Audur Olafsdottir
Wilbur “Carrots” Fezziwig, Library Guinea Pig – My Facebook page
Wilbur’s primary responsibilities are to manage the Children’s Department Facebook page and to greet people when they come into the Children’s department. He also has a sworn duty to manage the carrot population. (“If you don’t eat your carrots, they WILL take over the world”.)
Before joining the Children’s Department, Mr. Fezziwig sported a monocle and top hat as part of his job with an international spy organization.
Favorite picture book: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds J PIC REY
This book serves as a reminder that carrots cannot be trusted except as a snack or side dish.
Willa Neil, Librarian – [email protected]
Mrs. Neil has been with the library since it was in the planning stage. She was Northland’s first children’s librarian, founding the department in 1973. She has worked at Northland ever since, in many different capacities. Willa is responsible for the children’s picture book, grade school fiction and children’s non-fiction collections.