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Introducing the new librarian

September 17, 2013
Rebecca Lynn is no stranger to books. As a teenager she decided that she would read all of the classics that she had heard about in her young life.

Rebecca Lynn, new branch manager for the Valley Center Library, shelves a popular newly released book by Sue Grafton. Lynn took the position at the library in August. Photo by Kim Harris/ Valley Roadrunner
"I kind of went into it thinking I wouldn't like them but I loved Les Miserables and I loved The Three Musketeers believe it or not," she said. "I got enthralled; they are classics for a reason."

Lynn was able to take her love of reading and turn it into a fulfilling career as a librarian, a job she finds to be rewarding in many ways. Most recently she was named as the new branch manager at the Valley Center Library.

Before embarking on her career as a librarian, Lynn taught middle school math in Texas but after her husband received a job transfer to New York, she applied for a job as a youth services librarian at the Monroe Free Library in Monroe, New York.

"Teaching was really, really hard," she said. "I have a lot of respect for teachers; it's a rewarding but difficult job. When I got to New York after my husband's job transfer, I kind of floundered around because I felt that I needed more of a rest from teaching. I just wasn't ready to go back."

She saw the posting for the youth services job at the library in Monroe and told her husband she didn't believe she would ever get the job since she didn't have her librarian degree.

"He said 'Do it, what's the worst that could happen?'" Lynn said. "So I applied and my closest competition was a retired police officer who liked to read to his grandchildren. I got the job."

After about a year of working as the youth services librarian Lynn knew she had found her calling so she went back to school and got her librarian degree from the State University of New York. She stayed with the library in Monroe for 6 years before moving to San Marcos where she gained employment at the Solana Beach Branch of the San Diego County Library. She was moved to Valley Center when the San Diego County Library decided to fill the branch manager position.

"They wanted someone with experience with the county so they moved me here," she said.

Lynn is excited to start some new programs for patrons of the library and already has plans to add a Meet the Author event before the year ends. She is also looking forward to taking part in some of the library's ongoing events like the annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 9 and the Halloween Musical Program scheduled for Oct. 26. She will also be attending the 2nd annual Block Party and Taste of Valley Center on Saturday, Oct. 5.

"We are going to be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.," she said. "I will be there so people can meet the new librarian and maybe hear me read a couple of stories."

Lynn said her favorite thing about being a librarian is how every day is different.

"You never know what questions people are going to ask you," she said. "I learn something new every day. People will come to us for help when they want to find a answer to this or a book for that and sometimes they ask about something that I never heard of so I learn about a new art style or a learn a new type of music because of talking to our customers. That is the best part, you never know what it is going to be and it's always something different. You never know what is going to happen next as a librarian, you never know what the next question will be, what you are going to get to research or find out. It's always different."

Lynn said her biggest goal is to get more people to come to the library.

"It's a beautiful library here," she said. "We're not right in the center of a neighborhood so we need to be the destination. We want to be welcoming and encourage people to come and see what their local library has to offer."

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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