Over Two Decades as Children’s Librarian

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By Taylor Shunk

It comes as no surprise that books are huge part of Robin Lank’s life. “I’ve always loved to read,” said Lank. For the last 22 years Lank has been the children’s Librarian at Milford public library. Yet, becoming a librarian wasn’t always on her mind.

“Like most kids, I had no Idea what I wanted to do after high school,” said Lank. “But one day my dad told me I was going to college.” So, she began her college career majoring in English. “I didn’t know what I was doing but I knew I didn’t want to be an English teacher,” said Lank. After a sickness during one semester, she was forced to come home. As luck would have it, she ended up working at a library. “It suddenly clicked for me and I knew where I belonged,” said Lank. Eventually she would go on to finish her degree at Kutztown University.

There’s a lot more to a library then just books. The Milford public library offers many programs. “Programming is really my strong suit,” said Lank. “I try to stay organized with it too.” Although many of the programs are geared towards younger children, they also offer various programs for other ages. “It’s really hard to get the older kids in here,” said lank. “We have so many great tween programs going on such as tween Tuesday.”

Some of the older kid programs include computer coding, Minecraft, arts & crafts and even a 3d printer. “The best part of the 3d printer is that the kids get to keep what they make,” said Lank. Another fun program coming up is “Valmation Day” on 2/9. Kids will stuff their own Dalmatian dog for $5. Lank is especially excited about the upcoming life size Candyland game. “It’s really a family thing,” said Lank. “Adults will pick the cards and the kids will be the players.” Another fun program will include making pine cone bird feeders.

Lank stays consistently busy at the library and even working after hours “I’m always running to the store or gathering items for the programs,” said Lank. After a long 7 month recovery from an illness, she is happy to be busy. “I really can’t sit still anymore,” said Lank. “It’s just go go go.” She does have some help from numerous volunteers though. Most of the volunteers are age 12-16 and they help with everything from shelving, paint parties, Minecraft, summer reading prizes and more. “The volunteers are really great,” said Lank “Plus we all have fun together.”

For more information about programs and to register for them you can call the library at 302-422-8996 or visit the website: milford.lib.de.us

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