Meet the new Children's coordinator

She’s lived in Germany, Georgia, Belgium, Kansas, Maine and Virginia, but Sarah Newton has wanted to live in the Midwest for many years. As the new children’s services coordinator at the Fond du Lac Public Library, the 27-year-old former military kid finally has her wish.

Newton joined the library on October 1 and already is impressed with the community’s dedication to the library and its programming.

“There’s an obvious level of excitement that’s so energizing,” Newton said. “Every day, people come to the Children’s Room happy to be here. It’s infectious. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to continue and expand the programming in this great facility.”

Newton came to Fond du Lac from the Virginia Beach, Va., area where she was children’s coordinator at North Suffolk Library. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.

“Sarah has a clear vision of how to continue the great work and improve our Children’s services,” said library Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “We think she’s a terrific addition to our already outstanding staff.”

In Virginia, Newton was hired to help open the North Suffolk branch and help create the Children’s Dept. from the ground up. Some of her favorite programs she created there were Baby and Me Storytime, Teen Iron Chef and Craft Storytime. She’s such a strong advocate for children’s literature, she says she’s given up on reading anything but.

Her favorite books, growing up, were the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. Favorite picture book? The classic, Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.

Newton lives in Fond du Lac with her “very grumpy” 6-year-old cat Java Bean.


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