ALSC Voices | August 2022

ALSC Profile

Celebrating colleagues with 25 years or more years of ALSC membership

Lucinda WhitehurstLucinda Whitehurst
Learning Commons Coordinator and Librarian
St. Christopher’s School
Richmond, Virginia

ALSC Membership: 26 years

Where did you attend library school?

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
What was your very first library position?

In high school, I jumped at the chance to leave the mandatory study hall in the hot, smelly cafeteria to volunteer in the library instead. I worked in the College of William & Mary and University of Illinois libraries while I was in school. My first professional position was as a children’s librarian at the District of Columbia Public Library, where I was lucky enough to have the guidance of the inimitable Maria Salvadore, children’s coordinator at the time.

What do you love most about your current job?

I work in an all-boys school where reading is valued. The thing I love most is listening to the students recommend books to each other. Their conversations are heartfelt and hilarious.

What’s your favorite fairy tale? 

The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I always loved the idea that those sisters were staying out all night together, having so much fun dancing that they wore out their shoes. It sounded magical and exciting when I was a child, and it still does!

Who is your favorite superhero? 

Thor - He has a complicated life.

What would you do if you won the lottery? 

After taking my family on a trip, it would be amazing to have the ability to fund something significant in the local community to directly benefit children and literacy. 

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