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Chappaqua Library Welcomes New Teen Librarian

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - When long-time teen librarian Zahra “Z” Baird said goodbye to the Chappaqua Library last October , it opened up an opportunity that Donna Pesce could not turn down.

Pesce, who previously worked with teens at the New York Public Library in the  Baychester section of the Bronx, initially applied for a position in the library's children's department. However, her experience working with young adults made her a top candidate for the new vacancy.

The head of the Children's Department, Miriam Budin, realized Pesce would be a natural fit for working with young adults and that position was going to open up soon. "So, one thing led to another and here I am," Pesce said.

The Rye resident officially began her new position in Chappaqua on Jan. 9. and said she's been welcomed with open arms by the teen library-goers.

"I love it so far, the kids are really nice, they’re really fun. The ones that are here seem very interested in participating," said Pesce. "I can’t wait until they come in after school and see how their day was and listen to what they’re doing."

Pesce said she is aware of the challenges that come with getting teens to read and hopes to make book discussion groups a regular activity in the teen zone.

"We have the video games, but (Tuesday) we actually did a book group," said Pesce. "Five or six kids came and they all talked about what books they read. It was fun, we had a nice conversation."

Pesce plans on holding the discussion group every two weeks. While she enjoys running many of the programs that were already in place before taking over, Pesce was excited to start implementing programs of her own.

"I’m eager to start putting together programs and working with everyone," said Pesce.

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