Children's Services Associate
Public Services Associate
The oldest of three, Ellen was born in Astoria, Queens, and moved to Co-op City in the Bronx at age nine. The city girl went to SUNY Buffalo and met her farm boy husband Jim there. Ellen received her Bachelor’s in Special Ed and Regular Ed, and Jim received his degree in Social Work. The two got married right after graduating and lived in a tiny apartment in the Bronx. Jim worked in security, while Ellen earned her Masters in Early Childhood at the College of New Rochelle and taught learning disabled children. Their first child, Nicole, was born five years later.
Then Jim decided he wanted to be a police officer, so the family moved to Danbury. Jim has been a policeman in Norwalk for 27 years, the last eight years as a detective. Eric was born, and then the family moved to New Milford and their youngest, Scott, was born. Today, Nicole, 29, is a Producer at NewsChannel 12 in Norwalk. Eric, 25, is a software engineer in Rochester. With Ellen and Jim celebrating their 34th anniversary, the Thompson family has gone full circle, with Scott, 21, being a senior at SUNY Buffalo, majoring in urban planning.
Ellen enjoys giving back to the community. She’s been a member of the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford for 16 years, and she especially loves volunteering at the teddy bear hospital at the annual Teddy Bear Festival. Ellen is a four-year breast cancer survivor. Her team, “Pink Angels,” raises money at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life every year in October. The cause is near and dear to her heart since her mother is a breast cancer survivor, too. Ellen hopes a cure is found soon, so that her daughter Nicole—and all women—don’t have to suffer.
As a children’s librarian, Ellen’s favorite books include The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. She also enjoys books by Jodi Picoult and Kristin Hannah.
Ellen’s philosophy of life is to make each day special—and birthdays should be celebrated BIG! We’re glad Ellen is here to make each day special at the library.