Meet the new Teen Services Librarian!

Hi! My name is Sara and I am the new Teen Services Librarian/Teen Advisory Board Advisor for the Woodland Public Library. I’m so excited to be here and I can’t wait to meet you all! I moved here from Redding, CA, but I am from Michigan, specifically the Metro-Detroit area (I can show you on the hand map, which all Michiganders learn from birth).

Here’s some quick facts about me!

  1. My favorite book is: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. I’m currently reading: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  3. My favorite color is: Blue or sea foam green
  4. My zodiac sign is: Libra
  5. My favorite movie is: The whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but if I had to pick one, it would be Return of the King.
  6. My Hogwarts House is: Slytherin
  7. My favorite place I’ve lived is: Burlington, Vermont.
  8. I can’t wait to visit: New Zealand!
  9. What I’m looking forward to as the Teen Services Librarian: To meet TAB members, plan some really fun events, and help the community!
  10. If I could have a fictional character as a best friend, I would choose: Gandalf, probably. Although, Cassian from Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas is a contender.

I hope to see you all at our meet and greet event on May 27 at 4:00. You can always email me via the contact page or at


TAB had it’s first all day training for the year on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30-2:30 in the Leake Room. 28 TAB members earned 6 hours of community service as they learned the following skills; leadership, public speaking, event planning and time management.

UC Davis’s Early Academic Outreach Program volunteered 6 Student Assistants to facilitate the training including, Maryam Irfan who was instrumental to the success of the Yolo Youth Rally. 

What made this year’s training special was that we had our TAB members; Abbigail, Anoushka, Amber, Rosaamelia and Mia assist with the training by talking about how they utilized their skills in TAB, school and life. These young ladies have been active in TAB for over 2 years and were able to share their experience and knowledge to new TAB members.

Anoushka describes the training;

This past weekend, TAB had its first training of the new year, and I was privileged to have been a co-facilitator, alongside UC Davis students from the Early Academic Outreach Program. I helped lead the welcome, then led parts of the leadership section and then led an activity called ‘Outburst’. I liked how this training went; I think it was much better than the previous trainings because it was entirely student-led, which gave room for personal stories and a change of voice. 

I think for the next training, senior TAB members should have slightly larger parts that they can take over themselves, and they can practice before hand to make sure they know their parts. I think student-led trainings can be more effective in cases like these, and it would be great to see that for TAB in the future. 


All of TAB is gearing up to use these skills for upcoming events that include;

  • Open Mic/ Talent Show
  • Teen Pool Party
  • Teen Summer Reading Program/ Book Club
  • Homeless Shelter Dinners

We are meeting today to continue planning these events! Stay tuned! If you would like to get involved, sign up and I will contact you.

We meet every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at the library. Our next Saturday Training is March 25th, 8:30-2:30 at the Yolo County Office of Education at 1280 Santa Anita Court, Woodland. 



On January 17, Woodland Public Library Director, Greta Galindo, presented the Library’s Annual Report at the City Council Meeting with the help of some of our Teen Advisory Board Members and a diverse group of library volunteers and community members.

Every year, Greta reports on how the library is doing, the programs, events, and usage statistics to the City Council. This year, she decided it would be better to hear from the actual people that use the library as part of the wpl-annual-report-2016. It was a lot of work to round up families, children, teens and adults from library programs such as;

  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Rose Club
  • Brown Bag Book Lunch
  • Friends of the Library
  • Sticks in the Stacks
  • Storytimes
  • Coding Classes
  • Minecraft Club
  • Chess Club
  • And many many more!

We had a great turnout of people of all ages to come speak about why they use the library and what kind of impact the library has on their lives. As one community member said, “What a great presentation. Heard from a beautifully diverse crowd of how important the Woodland Public Library is to so many.”

It’s very encouraging to see how much the community values their library. And we are truly grateful to all our volunteers and strive to be a library for all!