PELHAM, N.Y. Harrison native Patricia Perito has been the director of the Pelham Public Library since 2004. She holds a master's degree in library science from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.
Question: What is your favorite aspect of Pelham?
Answer: I like the community spirit and the fact that there are a lot of local organizations who work to make the world a better place.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I believe it was Tom Petty who once said he doesn't like playing desert island games and I feel the same way. I have a lot of different interests. One book I think is lovable and interesting on many levels is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. My Dean at LIU read us an excerpt in class as a way of illustrating that all people see things differently and I read it shortly after. It's one book I can recommend highly.
Q: What is the one book you think every student should have to read before he or she graduates high school?
A: Lilly Hecker, our children's services librarian, suggests To Kill a Mockingbird.
Q: How does the library's business change now that summer has arrived?
A: The summer is our busiest time. In general, people have more time for reading and especially children while they're on break from school. Every summer we have a couple of hundred children participate in the library's summer reading game. The library also has lots of activities planned for children around the theme of our summer reading program "One World, Many Stories." We're happy children have more time to participate in library programs over the summer and how excited they are to read.
Q: Do you think you will ever leave Pelham, or will you be here for the long haul?
A: My life has been full of surprises. That's the only thing I can be certain of.
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