New Librarian Settles In

FFL Librarian Carrie Fishner, photo by Jim Mullen

FFL Librarian Carrie Fishner, photo by Jim Mullen

Omaha native Carrie Fishner, Franklin’s first new librarian in thirty years, took the long way here.  After graduating from Northwest Missouri State, she got a job as a residence director at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002. She moved to Delhi in 2009, when her husband took a job as assistant director of housing at SUNY Delhi. While there, she earned her Masters in Higher Education Administration at Albany. She got her Masters in Library Science at Buffalo in 2012. After starting at the Franklin Free Library this March, Ms. Fishner seems to have settled in comfortably, doing traditional library duties, but also adding some modern touches. “I think books are something that will never disappear, but I do see ways we can increase the use of technology. We have a Kindle on order that will be available for check out, we’re on Facebook now, we have a new website that has a lot of new, up-to-date information on it.  I’d like to do some classes on the library’s Overdrive system for downloading eBooks.  Our magazine collection is barcoded now, so we can analyze it and maybe add some new subscriptions. “We had a very successful Pajama Story Time last week, so we’ll probably start doing that once a month.  I’d like to look at doing movies on Saturdays, cartoons or family movies, something that parents can sit through, too. We’re constantly updating the Children’s Books section and I’ve added a few new Young Adult books and graphic novels to see if there’s any interest in that.  For adults, the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War 1 is coming up and I’m hoping to set up a four week program combining books and lectures sometime in October.” Carrie wishes to thank Linda Burkhart for all her help during the transition, especially for her work on this year’s Summer Program. Please note the changes in the library hours.