Juliet is the Rolleston Area Support Officer with Central Highlands Regional Council, and she shows her love for libraries in the way she speaks of them as a ‘treat’ – a treat that began well before school for both her and her daughters.
How did you first come to be part of the library?
I came to be part of the library five years ago as an employee. But I’ve been an active library member since preschool. When my girls were younger and we drove great distances to the grocery shop, their treat was a trip to the library.
Can you share a memorable story from your time in libraries?
A memorable story about libraries makes me think of my library bag from primary school days which my mum lovingly made for me. Every week I filled it with wonderful stories and developed my love of reading.
What do you love most about libraries?
The community – tourists, visitors, being a drop in/ chill out centre for people from all walks of life.
What do you think libraries need to do next?
Be flexible, fresh and open to new ideas.
If you were a library manager what would be the number one thing you would do?
Continue to encourage libraries to be creative spaces and shift with the needs of the community.