Growing a community resource: Truckee/Tahoe native is newest Kings Beach librarian
March 7, 2012
KINGS BEACH, Calif. andamp;#8212; What does a modern librarian look like?Ask Anne Greenwood the question, and she only has to look in the mirror to see the face of a contemporary librarian.andamp;#8220;It’s a really dynamic time to be in this field,andamp;#8221; said Greenwood, the new Kings Beach Branch Library manager, in an interview last week at the Secline Street location. andamp;#8220;It’s no longer a andamp;#8216;ssshhhhh’ing’ kind of thing. People don’t come in here to read and study. They’re here for the free Wi-Fi and computers.andamp;#8221;As she checked out books, movies, audio books and musical CDs, she talked in an unhushed voice to the steady stream of patrons. Story time, she said, can get really raucous.Greenwood was born in Truckee and raised in Tahoe City. She left the area at the age of 18, but returned in 1995 after she married and had two children.After trying out several career options, including wedding consultant, substitute teaching, instructional aid and clothing line proprietor, she started working at the Tahoe City library.andamp;#8220;I realized then,andamp;#8221; she recalled, andamp;#8220;that this was it.andamp;#8221;Greenwood went back to school in 2010 and earned her masters in library and information sciences from San Jose State University. In December 2011, she became librarian at Kings Beach Branch Library.Greenwood said she wants to create a library that functions as a community center. For her part, she is sponsoring technology classes, hosting art displays, planning outdoor summer events and encouraging classrooms to visit the library.All around, she said, she wants Kings Beach residents to consider the library as their resource.andamp;#8220;How can I get my GED?andamp;#8221; she said. andamp;#8220;Now that’s a great question for a librarian.andamp;#8221;Don’t underestimate what Greenwood can do for those who ask, she said. Librarians can help patrons research special topics, gather materials from other libraries or even plan vacations.andamp;#8220;When I hear a kid say they learned something at the library,andamp;#8221; she said, andamp;#8220;it makes my little librarian heart glow.andamp;#8221;Greenwood is currently reading andamp;#8220;Zeitoun,andamp;#8221; a nonfiction book by Dave Eggers about a Syrian-American in living in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.You can contact Greenwood at the library at 530-546-2021.