Thursday, September 15, 2016

College-bound Library Staff Give Sage Advice

Library pages are central to a library's operation. They are the ones who re-shelve every book returned to the library. Pages need to be accurate, efficient, and know the shelving system inside and out. And they're always willing to help customers find a specific section of the library!

Photo of a library page at Olney Library
Olney Library has many dedicated pages. Some, like Steven, have been with us since the library re-opened in spring 2014. Milan started in December 2015. While working as pages, both Milan and Steven undertook rigorous academic programs and recently graduated from Olney's Sherwood High School. It's not surprising they'll be attending top universities this fall: Steven will begin at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore; Milan will travel to Chicago to attend Northwestern.

Congratulations to both! While we'll miss them, we're excited for Milan and Steven to start the next chapter of their lives. Before taking off, they told us about their plans, offered advice for students, and of course made some book recommendations! (You can check out Milan's video responses here and here.)

Photo of a library page at Olney Library
What do you like best about working at Olney?
Milan:  Nice co-workers and the quiet atmosphere. And definitely enjoyed knowing what resources are available for me. I didn't know everything the library did before I started working here.
Steven:  It's quiet and peaceful

Which genre of books do you like reading?
Milan:  I read everything
Steven:  Time travel books

Book recommendations
Milan:  The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Steven:  Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Recently read
Milan:  The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-- but Some Don't by Nate Silver
Steven:  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Advice for high school students preparing for college
Milan:  1) Get to know a few teachers, they'll help with your application and writing recommendations. 2) Join clubs, even if you're not sure if you want to continue with them, because you never know what can become your new passion or hobby. 3) Figure out your learning method; in college teachers may not be so quick to help you learn.
Steven:  Use a lot of checklists and try to get everything done. Do the best you can!

Planned course of study
Milan:  Journalism
Steven:  Applied math

What are you most looking forward to in college?
Milan:  Meeting new people, being able to figure out more about yourself.
Steven:  Getting to study what's interesting to me, living on campus. It will be fun to meet new people.

Thanks, and good luck!

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