The Burlington County Library System is so lucky to have a team with wide-ranging knowledge and diverse interests. While many customers may know the names and faces of librarians at their local branch, we want to take the time to introduce more of our staff from around the system.
Greetings, I’m Rochelle Stern and I am the Adult Services librarian at Bordentown Library. I started librarianship there in October 2017 and I am pleased to be working with fine service-oriented staff and pleasant patrons in a beautiful historic town. Every day is different, but I spend most of my time scheduling and implementing adult programs, teaching computer classes and aiding customer needs at the reference desk.
Librarianship is my second career subsequent to being in publishing as an editor.
Ironically, a diagnosis of insulin-dependent diabetes and researching information about this complicated disease led me to library school. I decided to study medical library science so I could help people find accurate medical information that’s not frightening. Looking for information on Google can be overwhelming and librarians can help locate information that provides peace of mind. I started my library career in a pharmaceutical corporate library and later pursued public librarianship.
Prior to Bordentown, I worked as the Community Outreach Librarian at Trenton Free Public Library. The customers in the large urban city had many great needs and the experience opened my eyes to demographic pockets of social and digital divides, which can be a hindrance to people who especially need access to better literacy, healthcare, banking, online jobs and more to feed one’s brain and soul!
Throughout my careers, I have learned many things -- primarily that people, over systems, are the framework of any business, organization or corporation. I strive to make a difference one person at a time by listening and sharing resources and knowledge. I have also learned that empowerment, support of others and most particularly, humor, goes a long way. I am most happy at work when our customers are happy. A remark such as "the library is a pleasant experience," or "the lecture was very wonderful," really makes my day!
I have been married for 27 years and have two grown children who are discovering their first careers through college. I have always been involved in volunteering and social action projects and hope that rubs off on my children and future generations. When I’m not working, I enjoy oil painting, reading, yoga, exercise classes, biking, convening with nature, volunteering and going to theater, out to dinner and concerts with friends and family.
Fun facts about me:
- I wear an insulin pump 24/7. It greatly helps me stay healthy, but it’s also a frustrating piece of technology that needs a lot of troubleshooting, mechanical ability and patience. I call it "my second job."
- I have been to several national parks, including Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and hope to continue traveling and hiking to more in the near future.
- My favorite books are ones of social science fiction, with a personal leaning towards stories of time travel.
- I love old movies and old-time comedians. My TV frequently tuned to Turner Classic Movies.
- I like to listen to podcasts, including NPR’s Fresh Air, Selected Shorts, and This American Life.
- I’m a member of the Lions Club.
- I couldn’t live without arts and crafts and I strive to apply creativity to everything I do.
- I published a children's book in 2002 entitled, Can Mom Have a Piece of My Birthday Cake? When Someone in the Family Has Diabetes.