Get to know the town: Harrington Public Library Asst. Director Marleena Scott

Marleena Scott is the Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian at the Harrington Public Library. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Marleena Scott is the Assistant Director and Youth Services Librarian at the Harrington Public Library. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Name: Marleena Scott

Age: 29-year- old

Occupation: Assistant director and youth services librarian at the Harrington Public Library

Educational background: Master’s degree in English Literature from Washington College and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Drexel.

Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.

When did you come to Delaware?

“We came to Harrington when I was about 12-years- old. My family thought we could afford more down here. Now I live in Georgetown.”

How did you get to where you are today?

“I was 19 going to college to get my degree in English Lit and I just started here part-time. After a couple of years, the director said, ‘Do you want to try it?’ I said, ‘Yea, I’ll do it until I start publishing.’ But I liked it so much I stayed.”

Tell us about your job?

“I organize all of our programming. I work with children, teens and adults for program services. I’m also kind of the front desk manager so I help out with anything at the front desk. I assist the director with anything she might need and I handle all of our advertisement. I have been here for 10 years in August.”

What is something you’re most proud of at the library?

“Probably the teen advisory council. I really enjoy working with the teens. They’re different and really energetic. The kids that we have had have been really invested in the library and they’re a really great service group.”

What would you change if you could?

“Honestly, I think one of the things people don’t realize is that with only four of us here, we really do a lot of programming. We have a very active program listing for every age range. If there’s anything I could change, it would be the location. We would do more, but we’re strapped. We lose people to bigger libraries. We’d like to still have that hometown feel, but a better location with more space.”

Do you have a favorite book?

“The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson and Watchers by Dean Koontz. That was like the book that started me reading. I was in special education as a kid and my teacher put Bailey School Kids books in my hands and that kicked it off. I didn’t think I was smart enough to read adult books but I found it [Watchers] here and I liked it.”

How did reading affect you?

“I struggled with reading growing up. It passed on to math, but when I was younger I couldn’t figure out why people enjoyed reading. My mom found a drawing of mine from the second grade. It depicted my favorite subject, recess, and my least favorite, reading. There was a sad face next to reading. Third grade was like the first ah-ha moment. By the sixth grade, I was out of special ed. I know first-hand the difference books can make. Reading was the only thing I ever got into trouble with at school.”

Did you think reading would become your career?

“Ten years ago, I didn’t think this was going to be my career. I didn’t even think I could work at a library. Ten years later, I’m still here.”

What would you tell everyone?

“That the library is here. It’s a wonderful free resource they need to be taking advantage of. I just can’t imagine my life without a library so it confuses me when people don’t want to go to a library. Books and reading will make a huge impact on their life.”

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