Two Summer Interns Return to Westfield Memorial Library
(June 20, 2012) –Two interns have returned to the Youth Services department of the Westfield Memorial Library, thanks to help with funding from the Westfield Foundation. The Westfield Foundation provides non-profit and civic organizations with financial assistance to provide summer employment to area students.
Betsy Goellner and Scott Thien, who were library interns last summer, are assisting children and parents with the Summer Reading Clubs through the end of August. They sign up children who can read on their own for “Dream Big: Read,” and they sign up youngsters who cannot yet read for the “Little Listeners Club.” The interns help the members manage their reading minutes and exchange them for prizes such as books, T-shirts and wrist bands as well. They also shelve books and make copies of hundreds of reading lists for these very popular reading clubs throughout the summer.
Betsy, who is a sophomore at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, is majoring in Early Childhood Education and minoring in Japanese. She said that she learned a great deal observing third through fifth graders and their teachers in the classroom as part of her education curriculum, as well as learning to read and write the 26 characters of the Japanese alphabet.
In addition to pursuing her studies during freshman year, she became Secretary for the Society for Castle Restoration. This organization raises money to help preserve what Betsy described as “the beautiful, antique stone castle on campus” through fundraising events, such as historical speakers and haunted castle nights. She also became a member of People for Animal Welfare and helped care for dogs that are being fostered while awaiting new homes.
Prior to entering college, she tutored children here at the Westfield Memorial Library in second and third grade math and English through the Homework Helpers program, and she was involved with the Summer Reading Club at night.
Scott, a junior at Vassar College in New York, is a psychology major with a minor in music. Currently a member of a band called “His Name is Jack,” he plays percussion, piano and is learning the guitar. The band is working on recording their own music and making some connections for gigs next year.
This past year he was also a peer listener in the Campus Listening Center where he helped other students deal with academic stress, depression and other problems over the telephone. He said that the experience was invaluable as he is considering working in the field of counseling.
Like Betsy, he also has experience working with children. He served as a teacher’s aide at his temple, teaching Hebrew and Bible studies, and he has also been a special education shadow there.
Kathy Muhm, coordinator of Youth Services, said, "We are lucky--and so grateful--to get this grant funding in support of our summer programming during the Youth Services Department's busiest time of year. Having Betsy and Scott working here is helping the library serve our young customers much better, given such a large number of children and teens who are involved in our summer program."
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