Rachel daSilva is the Teen Librarian for the Anderson County Library System. She’s lived in 3 countries and traveled to even more, and now lives in Anderson with her family.
How did you become a librarian?
I’ve always been in libraries, always a reader. Overseas, I was using a lot of lending libraries, which operate more on an honor system. Shelves were just stuffed with books and not often organized. And I was a teacher in Brazil, I taught 4th to 6th grade, and I also taught ESL for a time. When I moved to South Carolina, I decided to get my Master’s in Library Science, but I was in limbo for a direction, whether to be a school media specialist or a public librarian. Working here, though, made me decide to stay in public libraries.
You mentioned always being a reader. What do you enjoy reading?
I read historical fiction, adventure books, stories about survival, and some romance. As the Teen Librarian, I’m catching up on a lot of YA books. It takes me so much time to shelve the new books, because I keep pausing and adding new books to my list to read. I’m not reading as many of the really popular books, like Hunger Games; I want to fill in the gaps, like Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray or Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn.
I used to finish a book, read the whole thing no matter what. But now…not as much. I don’t have a lot of patience if I can guess the ending of the book or if it’s going to slowly. And with a busy family life, my goal is to go to bed with a book every night.
What do you like about being the Teen Librarian? What are some of your hopes for the teen program?
When I was a teacher, there was a lot I could do with my kids, but I always needed to be aware of getting too abstract and remember to keep it at their level. With teens, I feel like it opens a whole new spectrum and a range of interests. It’s like a huge playground. I like to do different things, to always be doing something new.
I’m ready to build something new for teens and spread the word that we have a lot to offer, like the “rec room” project I’ve been working on. I’ve been looking at where the teen program has been, and I’m ready to build on it more.
You can find Rachel in the Gambrell Teen Room at the Anderson Main Library, ready for a new adventure.
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