Library Moments: Interview with Erin

ErinBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is library moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

This week I will be speaking with Erin Kernohan-Berning.

Erin has recently joined the library staff as our Branch Services Librarian.

So Erin, how long have you been with the library?

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: I’ve only been with the library for the past few weeks, so I’m brand new to HCPL! I’ve been learning a great deal from everyone, which has been excellent. I have some big shoes to fill, and I’m happy to give it my best shot.

Bessie: What exactly do you do?

Erin: My job is to support all of the different activities in the library system – that includes promoting all of the different services we have to offer, maintaining our web presence, dealing with a lot of the technical stuff, and helping all of the eight branches across the county deliver services to the public.

Bessie: What qualifications are required to do your job?

Erin: The main qualification was a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which I earned at Western in 2010. But you also need some solid people skills, the ability to learn new things, and strong computer and technical skills.

Bessie: What’s the most recent book you have read?

Erin: I have just finished reading – or rather, listening – to The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan on audiobook, which is one of our The Painted Girlsselections for our online book club this month. It’s a really neat snapshot of Paris in the late-1800’s, when Degas was painting his ballerinas. Audiobooks are great because you can listen to them anywhere: on the way into work, while you’re doing stuff around the house, or outside. And the library has tons of them which you can find through the website.

Bessie: I’m glad you made that book choice because the author of the Painted Girls will be The Friends of the Library Gala guest on November 3rd.

This is the eighth annual gala and because it has gotten so big it is now held at the Pinestone.  It begins at 1:00pm with a silent auction and then Cathy Marie Buchanan speaks at 2:00pm.  There are refreshments and the author will allow time to sign books.  Books can also be purchased at the gala.

Erin: What kind of items can be found in the silent auction?

Bessie: So far there is an interesting array of items from a framed Frank Thom photograph, to Leafs tickets, to an unframed David Risk print.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Brenda at 705-457-2695 or at Masters’ bookstore in Haliburton or the Book Nook in the Minden Branch of the Library from noon to four every Thursday in October.

Thanks to Erin for speaking with me today, you are listening to Library Moments here on 100.9 CanoeFM and we look forward to seeing you at the gala.

 * Originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from October 14th-21st 2013

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