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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY APRIL PETERSONAmy Resh, MBA, MLIS, joined the Emmaus Public Library recently. PRESS PHOTO BY APRIL PETERSONAmy Resh, MBA, MLIS, joined the Emmaus Public Library recently.

EMMAUS PUBLIC LIBRARY

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Emmaus Public Library welcomes a new director

Amy Resh does not have much time to read right now.

Her new job as director of the Emmaus Public Library fills her days with a variety of tasks from helping with an activity in the children’s area, to meeting library patrons, to filling in at the circulation desk, to learning about the history of the library from volunteers and answering the doorbell to accept donations for the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library book sale at the library’s back door.

“I don’t think I can say a typical day,” Resh said with a smile. “We open the doors and from there it can be anything.”

Resh joined the library as director Jan. 3.

“A new year. A new start. A new everything,” Resh said.

Resh joins the Emmaus Library from the Parkland Community Library where she headed the adult program.

“She was really dynamic for adult programming,” Parkland Library Director Debbie Jack said. “I wish Amy a lot of luck in her new position.”

The Emmaus Public Library has more than 100,000 materials to lend on site including books, audio books, compact discs, periodicals and DVDs.

Programs at the library include story times for children, book discussion groups for teens and adults, basic computer classes and movie screenings and a film lecture series led by local filmmaker Stephanie Gardner.

The library boasts a comfortable meeting space for community groups and offers computers for public access.

The library served as an event site for the annual Emmaus Arts Commission SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, offering crafts, story times and a movie matinee.

A class with a master gardener is planned for the spring.

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, hosts a monthly mobile office visit at the library.

“We can’t be everything to everyone but we really want to try,” Resh said.

The popular summer reading program for children and young readers will continue.

Community events and projects are planned including work with Habitat for Humanity and a coding event with the DaVinci Science Center. A mobile app for the library is on Resh’s list. She envisions the Emmaus Public Library as a 21st century library.

“We are so much more than books and shushing people,” Resh said of libraries.

With so much going on at the library, it is not wonder Resh finds her time to read limited.

But she has found a strategy in audio books.

Resh listens to books during her commute. Her 20-minute trip allows enough time for about a chapter to be read.

Resh is particularly fond of suspense thrillers.