Children's librarian is April employee of the month

Suzanne Harrison-Thomas, children’s librarian at the Milford Public Library, is April’s employee of the month in Milford.

After a review of all of the nominations, the selection committee unanimously chose her as the winner for her passion  and commitment to her work, strong work ethic and teamwork.

Harrison-Thomas began her employment with the City of Milford on Aug. 4, 1997 as a library assistant. She then began working as a library trainee on April 30, 2001, after which she was promoted to her current position as children’s librarian on Feb. 4, 2002.

Her commitment to childhood literacy, and instilling a love of literature and learning, is evident in every aspect of her administration of the children’s department, city officials said.

“Her leadership has increased the number and breadth of programs offered, such as story times, school vacation programming, school visits, writing clubs, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities, and Lego clubs,” states a press release about the award.

Harrison-Thomas developed strong and respectful relationships with numerous city agencies.  She works tirelessly, city officials said, making herself available to schools and community organizations. She represents the library and works with many youth organizations throughout the city by assuming a lead role in much of the library community outreach. She participates in statewide discussion groups in order to stay abreast of new trends.

“Suzanne’s quiet, efficient manner has a calming effect in the often chaotic Children’s Department,” the award announcement states. “Suzanne’s daily interactions can vary from assisting children and adults locate various materials or information, lending guidance in the selection of books, navigating online apps, games and tools, or simply giving a warm smile or a hug to a child.”