Catching up with Theresa Mayer

Finally! Someone with interesting desk contents! I wonder what it means…thumb puppets from Peru…she must be creative, interested in far away places and much more – read on!


Theresa Mayer


Southwest/South Park

What word do you wish you had made up?   

“doppelganger” Who doesn’t enjoy saying this word?   

How did you become librarian of your branch? 

I transferred from the position of Spanish-language Librarian in our Literacy, ESL, and World Languages Department in the Central Library to try out branch life.  It’s been a fantastic learning experience.

What is on your desk right now?

Thumb puppets that my mother brought me from Peru, a 2008 Seattle Storm schedule, a set of magnets that was a present from my first Branch Manager Trainer/Mentor, Christy Tyson (previously Branch Manager of Southwest and High Point Branches), a mug of coffee, my favorite photograph of Frida Kahlo (dare I go on?) 

Tell us about your library: 

South Park is a new addition to a complex and changing neighborhood.  It honors the vibrant cultural diversity of the neighborhood and its history through several lovely architectural  and design elements, as does the collection. 


Southwest is a place that feels like home– it’s welcoming, relaxed, and warm.  I’ve had a great time meeting all of the patrons, and getting to know the neighborhood.  It’s wonderful to work with so many children in both locations.   

How long have you been at the branch? 

South Park: two years; Southwest:  about three months!

What is the biggest impact the capitol campaign has had on your branch? 

Putting technology in the hands of people who may not have been able to afford access; delighting and enriching people’s lives with rich collections and beautiful spaces that represent community centers. 

How does your relationship with the community affect your programming? 

Programming should be driven by the needs and interests of the community.  Therefore, you must engage in an ongoing conversation with various constituencies in the neighborhood to know what people are interested in, and what is relevant to their lives.  Sometimes we need to identify creative ways to pursue such a dialog!     




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