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Rye Children's Librarian Still A Kid Inside

RYE, N.Y. -- When Donna Harvey was growing up in the Bronx, she would go to the library every Saturday with her parents and six brothers.

"In my house there was always someone around, except when I read," said Harvey, manager of children's services at the Rye Free Reading Room. "That's when I could be alone."

Harvey has spent over 18 years working in libraries and even longer going to them. At the Rye Free Reading Room, she organizes children's programs and selects new books to add to the library's children's collection.

"I'm a kid in every program I plan for the library and every book I purchase because I remember what fun it was to get lost in those books," said Harvey. "I want it to be fun for them to get lost as well."

Harvey's favorite books growing up were Nancy Drew mysteries, and she still enjoys mysteries today by Mary Higgins Clark.

Harvey first started out as a part-time clerk in the Hastings Public Library in 1993. Over the years she moved her way up at different libraries while raising a family. She hadn't always expected to be a librarian, but after her children grew up she decided to go back to school.

Working full-time and taking classes on the side from 1999 to 2006, Harvey received her BA from the College of New Rochelle, and got her Master's in library science from Long Island University.

"I had found my niche," said Harvey. "Every place else was just a job, but when I was at the library I loved it."

Harvey is excited about the library's summer reading program when more children come to the library. Every year there is a theme and this year's is focused on stories from around the world. Many activities are planned from making Japanese "wind fish" kites to writing Egyptian hieroglyphics.

"I just love seeing how much enjoyment the kids get out of it," said Harvey.

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