Nelia Decker moved from Santa Barbara, CA in 1978 to work at The Book Den East in Oak Bluffs. Today she works full-time as the Children's Librarian at the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Children from all over the Island know and trust Nelia and take her opinions and recommendations very seriously. We caught up with her between planning events like a Hunger Games party and leading Mother Goose on the Loose story time to learn more about what she loves about her job.
Q. How long have you been working here?
A. I've been full-time since 2002 and before that I started in 1992 as a part-time person.
Q. How long have you been living on Martha's Vineyard?
A. Since 1978. Before that I was in Southern California. I was offered a job at the Book Den East in Oak Bluffs. I came down to manage it for the summer.
Q. What is your favorite part about the island?
A. The people and the environment. The beaches, the woods, the beautiful space.
Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. How friendly we are and how much fun we have with our patrons and with each other.
Q. If you could be working anywhere in the world, where would you be?
A. Right here. Right now.
Q. Other than librarians what other kinds of people do you work with?
A. We have high school kids who are interns. We have two younger people in college who are summer shelvers.
Q. What is something you are looking forward to for the library?
A. We are planning a renovation and an addition. It's very exciting for me to talk to people about it and see how excited they get about it. We're going to break ground in November 2012. We'll be in temporary quarters for a year. And we'll move back in 2013/2014 somewhere around there. We'll be in this location, but much bigger. We'll have a lot more books, a lot more services, a lot more places for people to sit and more programs.