New librarian working with children

By Chris Steinbach · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The way Rebecca Troup-Hodgdon summarizes her job makes it sound just about perfect.

“I get paid to play,” said Troup-Hodgdon, 26, who began her job as children’s librarian at the West Liberty Public Library on Aug. 6. 

It may look like play, but it’s serious business to Troup-Hodgdon, who says it is important to get young people hooked on reading and books early in their lives. One of the ways she aims to achieve that goal is by leading a weekly story time from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays at the library at 100 E. Third St.

On Aug. 15, Troup-Hodgdon read “Llama llama misses Mama,” by Anna Dewdney and “School Bus” by Donald Crews. After reading, she led eight children and their parents in a round of singing followed by a session of crafts.

The work is not new to Troup-Hodgdon, who grew up in Monroeton,  a northeast Pennsylvania town of about 550 people.

“My mother is a librarian, so I would help her with the programming,” Troup-Hodgdon said. In both high school and college, she said she led story time programming.

Troup-Hodgdon lives in Coralville with her husband, Cory Hodgdon, who is a corrections officer at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

“I came (to Iowa) for school, for the master’s program,” Troup-Hodgdon said. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 with a master’s degree in library science. Before coming to the library in West Liberty, she worked as a customer-service manager at the Hobby Lobby store in Coralville.

Troup-Hodgdon, who likes to read and make crafts in her spare time, said she is pleased to be working as a librarian. “I have a lot of fun with the children,” she said.
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