|Sue Ford, Children's Services Librarian|
If you grew up in New Milford or have a young child now, you know Mrs. Ford, NMPL’s extra-special Children’s Librarian. Sue started working part-time at the library in 1980 and then became Head of Tech Services three years later. In 1986, she became Head of Children’s Services and has been in this position ever since. After 28 years (and counting!), Sue still loves her job. What is wonderful for Sue these days is that she gets to witness the cycle of life: new moms who used to be in story time when they were little are now bringing their children. It makes Sue happy to know that the magic of reading is being passed on to the next generation.
The oldest of three children, Sue grew up on the south fork of Long Island in Amagansett and lived there until she was 15. She went to school with the same 17 kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, at the same school her mother had attended. Sue met her husband Michael when she was 17 while she was doing a play in college. She has been married to Michael for 41 years and has a son, Matthew, 37 and raised her niece Lainey, 25. Sue earned a MLS while working and being a mom. Since her childhood was spent near the water, Sue needs to visit the ocean or Long Island Sound often.
Sue has many interests besides reading, of course. She enjoys creating stained glass, glass fusion, mosaics and beadwork, as well as knitting, crocheting, and felting. She has been playing the mountain dulcimer for 30 years. She first heard its sweet sound at a Bethel fair.
Sue’s philosophy is to be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated. Make the world a better place, and smile more often than you frown. Be sure to come to the library and visit Mrs. Ford, who smiles a lot and definitely makes New Milford a better place to live!
Sue’s book recommendations are Alexander McCall Smith’s cozy mysteries and the Mitford series. She likes to reread The Chronicles of Narnia books, Mary Poppins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, too.
Children’s Services Associate
Reference/Information Services Associate