Home Delray Beach 5 Questions With Ilene Glickman, New Children’s Librarian At The Delray Beach...
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up at the Delray Beach Public Library. Give us a brief history lesson on the library.
I was raised in Brooklyn New York, ultimately raising my family up in Westchester County N.Y. I hold an MLS from Long Island University and was the Head of Youth Services at the Village of Irvington Public Library. I had frequently visited my parents in Delray Beach through the years, and watched as the city grew and transformed. After a particularly long and cold winter in 2012, my three children grown, I knew it was time to make the change. The magical lights of downtown, the glorious weather, and the serenity of the ocean and beaches were like a beacon in the dark. This is my dream job. I am passionate about literacy and encouraging the habit of lifetime reading for pleasure and knowledge. I am excited to meet and engage the families of Delray Beach. Outside the library you can find me cycling, practicing and teaching yoga, or at the beach witnessing spectacular sunrises! The Delray Beach Public Library is 103 years old and was founded by the Ladies Improvement Association, the predecessor of today’s Woman’s Club of Delray Beach. We moved to our present location on Atlantic Avenue in 2006.
- What is your favorite book? What is the first book you remember reading? What book are you reading now?
Too many choices! Any book by Barbara Kingsolver, Isabel Allende, or Anne Patchett.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Magical! The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah for a bookclub. Anne Patchett’s Commonwealth is next.
- People say libraries are becoming less and less relevant. What do you say to those people?
Come visit the Delray Beach Public Library and see if you feel that away afterwards. We have a brand new renovated Children’s Department that has a recording studio, technology lab, iPads, great storytimes, and an awesome staff who love kids. We have public meeting space for 200 people and last year held over 750 programs for nearly 20,000 attendees. There are 50 public computers available and computer classes taught by librarians, free of charge. We also have a space for teenagers and a Young Adult Librarian dedicated to serving their needs. The library is an exciting place in a beautiful building with plenty of free parking, and nearly 1,200 people a day coming through our doors. Not to be forgotten, we have books, magazines, movies, databases, and ebooks available free of charge. The Delray Beach Public Library has something for everyone and makes a difference in people’s lives, improving the quality of life in our community.
- What is new at the Delray library?
We have recently partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Palm Beach State College to provide business counseling and expertise to local small and emerging businesses at the library. It is a fantastic collaboration and the SBDC will also be presenting a series of workshops at the library throughout the year.
- What is something people don’t know about the library?
The library is run by a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and your donations are tax deductible. Basically, the library raises money for capital expenses, such as the Children’s Department renovation, and the city of Delray Beach, along with the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) supply operating funds. This public/private partnership is a great benefit to taxpayers and is a win/win situation for our community.