Saying Good Bye to Janet Good Part 2
Janet Good has a Masters in Library Science degree. She was the young adult librarian for the second, biggest suburban library in the country – Cuyahoga County Public Library – before joining Summit County Library. “I had been volunteering at the elementary school library in my neighborhood,” she explained. Her service transitioned from schools to public libraries because the district wanted her to return to school to get her teaching certificate. Instead, she chose to work with the teens at Cuyahoga Library for 24 hours a week.
Lucky for us! Good still works with teens in Summit and started many programs and events for Summit County teens reminiscent of her time working with the Girl Scouts. “In 1996 I started subbing in all three Summit locations,” she said. “I came from a library that hired teenagers to shelve the books. When I started in Summit the libraries had librarians and library aides doing that,” added Good. That was one of the first changes she suggested occur, “I thought volunteers could take over doing the shelving with two volunteers a day and one on Saturday providing this service,” said Good. “Our volunteers are from age 40 to 83 years old. Most of them have backgrounds in library work or teaching and each person catches on very quickly to the things we need to accomplish in the library,” she added.
To sustain the large volunteer pool at the North Branch Library the staff shows their appreciation to each volunteer every single time a volunteer enters the building. “The most important benefit to the staff of having a reliable volunteer group is it frees us up to do more creative programming and other services,” stated Good. “We also have snacks and Mary Snook plans an annual volunteer thank you party,” she said.
Good started the Teen Advisory Program for Summit County Library in 2001. “She knew of programs out there and shared what books we need to order for teens, cool prizes to award them for reading and great ways to promote the program, “said Joyce Dierauer, Summit County Library Executive Director. “For one summer program Janet used pizza boxes from Peppino’s to get teens to sign up and enjoy summer reading,” said Dierauer.
“Having been the teen librarian at my suburban library in Cleveland, I wanted to make sure teens had every opportunity to enjoy the library here,” Good added. Now there is a librarian at all library locations assigned to young adult programming. “We started with 2001 A Reading Odyssey and the teen program has experienced growth and support over the last 16 years,” said Good.
When asked how she wants to be remembered for her work and service to the library Good said,” For providing a variety of programs for teenagers who people think don’t read, but they are wrong. They do read.”
See what teen programs are coming up this summer.