Meet Hancock’s Library Manager

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Boni Ashburn is the Library Manager at the Hancock School Public Library

Since November of 2018, Boni Ashburn has been leading PLDL’s effort to improve library services for residents of the Hancock School District. As the Library Manager, Boni oversees the Hancock School Public Library. Boni kindly agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her new role as librarian.

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Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Connecticut and lived in Ohio, Illinois and Colorado before moving here in my 20’s. My grandparents were born in Baltic and Painesdale, and we vacationed up here a lot when I was a kid.When my dad sold his business in Colorado and moved up here, I followed him. I thought it would be a great place to raise my kids.

When did you first become interested in working in libraries?
It’s the dream job I never seriously considered and am so lucky to have found! I got a BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder, but I worked for my dad for 35 years at two small businesses he owned – a rental equipment company and then a small grocery store. When he retired,I started thinking about doing something else, and when I saw the job description for this position, I kind of felt it was the perfect job for me. I’m so lucky Dillon Geshel thought so too!

What has been your favorite part of working at the Hancock Library?
Can I say the students without offending the public patrons? Because yeah, the students. They have made me feel so welcome, and useful, and seeing them enthusiastic about books and reading fills me with such a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It’s been simply wonderful!

What do you like to do for fun outside of the library?
I like to read! Big surprise, right? Up until this very minute, I was an all-4-seasons-sports-watching mom to two very active teenagers who are now following their other two siblings and heading off to college. I finally see more reading time in my future… And I write children’s books – I’ve published eight picture books so far, and hope to continue doing that forever.

What’s the last book you couldn’t put down?
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett! It’s a picture book and it’s brilliant. But the last book I stayed up late into the night reading, long after I should have gone to bed, one I just couldn’t stop reading, is Lovely War by Julie Berry. So, so good. *happy sigh*

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Since November, 2018, The Hancock School Public Library has seen an increase in Library cards sign-ups of nearly 70%. The library has also had a 20% increase in overall circulation, and added over 1,200 new items.

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