Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of Q&As with Framingham Public Library staff. The main Framingham Library and the Christa McAuliffe Library branch were physically closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. During that time period, a new director and assistant director were hired. During those months, new staff was hired, some left, and with the library back to its pre-pandemic hours, SOURCE thought it would be great during the prime summer reading season to introduce and re-introduce key library staff to the community, and have staff discuss what the library has to offer and their favorite parts of the libraries.
Literacy Unlimited Coordinator Elyse Brown
When started in current position: March 2021
How long with Framingham Library: 4 months
I am responsible for: managing a wonderful staff and community of volunteer tutors. Working behind the scenes to provide free English instruction opportunities for adult students.
Favorite Children’s book: The Velveteen Rabbit
Favorite Book: Ender’s Game
Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite section of the Framingham Library to browse: DVDs!
When I’m in the library, I just can’t help myself and check out the Sci-Fi Book Club’s next monthly read!
The best part of my job is: meeting all the volunteers and students; getting to know the inner-workings of the library!
I wish people knew the library offered Literacy Unlimited has re-opened for in-person activities, you can swing by and say hi Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Also, the library offers Personalized Book Bundles! You can specify what types of books you want, the genre, even what language you want the books to be in!
The Framingham Library needs: more volunteer literacy tutors! At Literacy Unlimited we say “if you can speak English, you can teach English!” We train new tutors in research-based ESL teaching practices and continue to offer our volunteers curriculum resources, as well as social events in-person and remotely. We would love to welcome you to the Literacy community!
Last thing I took out with my library card was: Stories of your life and others, by Ted Chiang.
I would recommend: One of my favorite new authors is Robin Sloan – check out Sourdough or Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.