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9 Questions With Lindsay Downs (Hansen Library Assistant Librarian)

9 Questions with Lindsay DownsA self-described librarian without a library, Lindsay Downs is excited to be joining the team of the Hansen Library. For the past nine years, Lindsay has served as an Information Literacy Teacher at City Charter High School, a school that does not have a physical library. In her role at City Charter, she collaborated closely with faculty to teach literacy skills, supported students in the development of their capstone projects, and initiated and led an annual Literacy Night. Lindsay has a B.A. in English Literature and Theater Arts, as well as her Master’s in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She looks forward to supporting our Middle and Senior School students and their teachers, as well as coordinating the Middle School LINK program after school.

Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

I chose to work at Sewickley Academy because I couldn't turn down an opportunity to work in Hansen Library. It is a librarian's dream!

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I wanted to become a school librarian because I wanted to connect children to books, but quickly learned that I love connecting people to resources.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The students!

What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class(es)?

Be a responsible and critical consumer of information.

How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

I love to research! It's an easy connection to what I do, so I take advantage of it.

Favorite book as a child?

"The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone or "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. I also loved the "Baby-sitter's Club" series!

Favorite book as an adult?

I don't know about an all-time favorite, but my favorite book I read this year was "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?

Genealogy, running, and karaoke

What are you most looking forward to this school year?

I am looking forward to meeting the students and getting to know the staff better. I am excited to connect the Sewickley Academy community to resources!

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