Meet the Youth Services Staff!
Miss Elizabeth, Youth Services Department Head
Miss Elizabeth joined our staff in 2019. Before joining us, she spent 4 years working in both Westchester and Connecticut, as a Youth Services Librarian. Prior to receiving her Masters in Library and Information Studies, she worked as library support staff for 9 years. She spends most of her time off playing tabletop board games with her husband, or reading J or YA books with their cat Alfredo.
Her favorite imaginary creatures are caticorns and purrmaids.
Her favorite books include: Interrupting Chicken, Narwhal & Jelly, Junie B Jones, the Alice Series, Land of Stories, and any YA book by Sarah Dessen, Stacey Lee, or Neal Shusterman.
Miss Jessica, Youth Services Librarian II
Miss Jessica has worked at Finkelstein since 2010, starting as a Clerk before earning her Masters in Library Science. In addition to Finkelstein, she has worked in Orange County and Connecticut. You might also spot her at other Rockland Libraries. She loves going to the theater and is a practiced singer. She spends her free time with her four cats and five rats, and fosters bunnies and kittens for the local shelter.
Her hidden talent is that she can lick her elbow. Can you?
Her favorite books include: Madeline, Wolfie the Bunny, James and the Giant Peach, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Fangirl, The Truth About Forever, and the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series.
Full-Time Librarians & Library Assistants
Miss Gaby, Youth Services Librarian
Miss Gaby has been working at Finkelstein since 2006. Prior to receiving her Masters Degree in School Librarianship, she taught preschool for 5 years. When not at work, she spends most of her time with her two boys, Max and Leo, their dog Buster and cat Freedom. They love to head out to her parent’s house in Long Island as much as they can, especially in the summers, spending time with family members, cooking great barbecues, sitting by the water reading, swimming or going out for a ride on grandpa’s boat.
Some of her favorite books include, Guess How Much I Love You, I Love You Through and Through, The Giving Tree, There’s An Alligator Under My Bed, I Love You, Fred, Charlotte’s Web, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Outsiders, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre.
Miss Dianne, Teen Services Librarian
Dianne joined the Finkelstein Youth Services team in 2019. Dianne has over 10 years of library experience in teen and adult services. She is enjoying the transition to youth services, especially since now she gets to read picture books. In her spare time, she enjoys baking new flavors of scones, herb gardening, and reading science fiction, fantasy and mysteries. She has also become a bit of a birdwatcher, and now she can proudly identify the difference between a starling and a common grackle. Most of the time.
Miss Sue, Youth Services Librarian
Miss Sue joined our staff as a full-time librarian in 2019, after 11 years of working at the Finkelstein Memorial Library as a substitute librarian in Youth Services. Prior to joining us full-time, she worked as a public school librarian for 21 years in both New Jersey and New York. She of course can always be found with a book on her lap reading, when at home. She enjoys spending time with family and their pet dog, Maggie. When spring arrives, you will also find her busy in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Her favorite books are, “The Music of the Dolphins,” and “Out of the Dust” both by Karen Hesse. Her favorite storybook character is Pet the Cat.
Miss Lisa, Youth Services Lib. Assistant
Miss Lisa has worked at Finkelstein since 2007, and has worked in Youth Services for over 12 years. Before working at the Library, she received a Master’s in Special Education and worked for both NYPL and NYCEDU for over 15 years. She loves dogs and once owned a Sheba Innu. She loves spending time by the ocean collecting sea shells and sea glass. In her spare time she loves traveling, gardening and cooking her favorite candy is Jolly Ranchers so you always smell sweet fruit flavors around her.
Her favorite books include Abiyoyo, Cha Cha boom, Why do Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, Another, The Outsiders, Homegoing, the The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Part-Time Librarians & Library Assistants
Miss Liz, Youth Services Librarian
Miss Liz has worked at Finkelstein since 2007, where she started as a Full-Time Children’s Librarian. Before that, she was a NYC paralegal for 10 years before switching over into Librarianship, receiving a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University. She loves nature, old-school punk and metal, spirituality and reading, mostly non-fiction books.
Her favorite books are: Understood Betsy, The Cricket in Times Square, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the Little House on the Prairie series, anything non-fiction (especially by Steve Sheinkin).
Miss Jen, Youth Services Librarian
Miss Jen has worked at Finkelstein since 2013, where she started as a Substitute Library Assistant. She is a full-time Special Education Teacher and has been teaching for over 13 years. She recently became a part-time Librarian when she received her Master’s in School Librarianship from the University at Buffalo. She loves soccer and reading (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy books. She spends her free time with her pup, Maisie, and with friends/family.
Her favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Miss Nelson is Missing, the Secret of Nimh, the Folk of Air series, Hunger Game series and Discovery of Witches series.
Miss Peyton, Youth Services Lib. Assist.
Miss Peyton has worked at Finkelstein since 1996, where she started as a Page. She is also a full-time Special Education Teacher for ERCSD and has been teaching for over 16 years. She is currently working towards her Master’s in School Librarianship from CUNY Queens College. She loves baking and all things artsy craftsy. She spends her free time trying new vegan recipes and working on various interior design ideas. She also enjoys reading and keeping up with the latest picture books.
Her favorite books are the Children of Blood and Bone Trilogy, There’s a Light in the Attic, Hair Love, Julian is a Mermaid, When Sadness is at Your Door, and the Fly Guy series.