• Meet Your Children’s Librarians slideshow Photo
  • Meet Your Children’s Librarians slideshow Photo
  • Meet Your Children’s Librarians slideshow Photo
  • Meet Your Children’s Librarians slideshow Photo

Meet Your Children’s Librarians

Westwood Children's Librarians @ Harry Potter Night 2016

Lizzy McGovern, Head of Children’s Services

Lizzy has been working in the Children’s Department of the Westwood Public Library since 2010. Lizzy presents Read, Play, Sing storytime and Baby Rhyme Time as well as programming for school aged children (Mother-Daughter Book Club and Just For Fun Teen Book Club). Her favorite children’s books include: Books of the Beginning series by John Stephens, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, and Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathon Stroud. Outside of the library Lizzy enjoys kayaking, sneaking french-fries and milkshakes and watching Doctor Who, Teen Wolf and Buffy.

Hannah Gavalis, Children’s Librarian

Hannah has been working as a Children’s Librarian in Westwood since 2013. Hannah presents Wondrous Wednesdays storytime (all ages), Sensory Storytime, and various programs for school aged children. Some of Hannah’s favorite books include A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look. When not at the library, Hannah enjoys drawing & painting, laughing at her own jokes and watching Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls and Masterpiece Theater.

Karen Cagan, Children's Library Assistant

Karen has been working in the Children’s Department since 2003. Karen presents Creative Kids (grades K-1), a dramatic arts program, in addition to helping out with other programs in the Department. Her favorite children’s books include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Love You like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis, The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, and Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. In her spare time Karen enjoys photography, spending time with family, scrapbooking and baking.

Suzie Canale, Children's Library Assistant

Suzie has been working in the Children’s Department since 2014. Suzie presents Wiggle and Giggle Storytime, in addition to helping out with other programs in the Department. Suzie’s favorite children’s books include: the Snip, Snap, Snur series by Maj Lindman and the Peppa Pig series. Outside of the library, Suzie enjoys going to the beach, writing, swimming, gardening, and inventing new chowders and casseroles. Suzie is the author of The Land of Chocolate Cosmos, The Popcorn Hydrangea of Poppingtom, The Candy Roses of Cape Care, and Boston You’re My Home

Jenny Durant,  Branch Library Assistant

Jenny has worked at the Islington Branch Library since 2013.  She runs the Islington Branch Storytime (ages 2-5) and Pajama Storytime (ages 2-5) for little ones, and Lego Mania for school aged children. Some of Jenny’s favorite books are The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein and The Earth’s Children series by Jean Auel. Jenny’s favorite picture book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys playing games with her family and travelling.