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Way children's librarian retiring; reception on Thurs. 5/30

Posted May 29th, 2013 by Rose Mills  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Pat Maust, Youth Services Coordinator at Way Public Library, has announced her retirement. Maust came to Way Library in 2005, after earning her Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University, and oversees the children’s, juvenile, and young adult departments. She began her career as a librarian in a middle school in Austintown, Ohio, followed by stints in public libraries in Grand Ledge, Michigan and Youngstown, Ohio.
In what can certainly be described as a “storied” career, “Miss Pat” has dedicated her professional life to instilling a love of reading and learning in children from infancy to high school. Her greatest satisfaction, she said, comes from matching a child with that one special book which will ignite his or her interest in reading for a lifetime. “There’s a perfect match for each child,“ says Maust, “and finding it and seeing the child’s reaction to it are a joy to behold.”
During her tenure at Way, Maust has expanded children’s programming by developing various new events and ongoing series. She introduced “after hours” family events to Way by hosting celebratory events to coincide with the release of new books in the Harry Potter series. The success of those events led to other after hours programs, including the highly-anticipated annual Snow Ball Family Fun Night. Other programs introduced by Maust are the Fun Library After School Happenings, also known as FLASH, which are a series of well-attended educational and fun programs targeted towards 7-10 year olds, and the Home School program which involves a variety of activities geared toward connecting the home schooling community with library resources. Though these additions to the library’s calendar have been important and well-received, Maust says she is most pleased that she was able to initiate the “Baby Time” program for parents and their babies aged 6-11 months. Her own experience as a first-time, young mother in a new town taught her the importance of a sense of community and belonging for new parents. The Baby Time play group and story time session provides the perfect opportunity for parents and babies to get together in a safe and friendly setting with others in the same stage of life.

Janel Haas, Way Library director, says this of Maust: “ ‘Miss Pat’ has been a joy to work with these past several years. She brought a new energy to the children’s programming with her fun loving personality. “Miss Pat” took a great children’s program to the next level with her programming ideas and her inclusion of the home schooling program. She will definitely be missed!”

Maust’s enthusiasm for promoting literacy, her creativity in conceiving programs, and her dedication to our youngest library users will be missed by patrons and staff alike. The community is invited to stop by the Youth Services desk on Thursday, May 30 between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. to share memories and extend best wishes to “Miss Pat.” Refreshments will be served.

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