Friday, April 3, 2020

By the Book with Miss Mollie Surprenant, Children's Librarian, Rockport Public Library

What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?
Because I am a children’s librarian most people assume that I was a voracious reader as a child, but I actually really struggled learning how to read due to dyslexia. Up until fourth grade I read far behind grade level and was always taken out of class for reading lessons regularly. It was really hard for me. When all of my friends could read The Series of Unfortunate Events, I was still struggling to read the Magic Tree House. But I always loved stories and was desperate to read on my own Every Tuesday my dad would visit my classroom all throughout elementary school and read to us. I loved it, I loved stories. The room was silent, he was a storyteller and I wanted to be just like himThinking about it now, I remember what it was like listening to Dan Gutman’s Babe and Me for the first time wishing that I could travel back in time by a magic baseball card or how when I grew up, I wanted to be just like Miss Honey from Matilda. Eventually, with a lot of support from my reading teacher Ms. Bonnie and a Shakespeare reading club with my friends, reading finally clicked and I’ve never looked back and here I am as the towns children’s librarian. 

Describe your ideal reading experience (when, where, what, how).
I simply cannot choose one so please excuse me for breaking the rules here. One of my favorite places to read it at the beach, on a warm summer evening with salty hair and unsweetened blueberry ice tea by my side. The second place I love to read is in front of a fall fire outside wrapped in quilts. The third is on Tuesday mornings at the library leading Storytime.  

What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
In the book, Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes, Pete taught me that “No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song because it’s all good.” So now when I feel a little overwhelmed, I just smile and remember that it’s all good we’re going to be okay!  

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Sally Rooney, a young Irish author, because she literally writes amazing books! Jen Campbell because Franklin and Luna from her picture book Franklin's Flying Bookshop taught what true friendship looks like and Amy Merrick because her book On Flowers made me feel cozy and turned me into an amateur florist 

Many thanks to Miss Mollie for contributing to our blog! The Rockport Public Library is a great place for resources and ideas.Did you know the Rockport Public Library has a YouTube account? Follow along as we will be posting helpful videos on this platform. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss Storytime!!!


  1. So nice to learn about Miss Molly.I am glad she overcame her reading challenges and is part of our community! We've heard some of her selection in our preschool classroom and gave enjoyed the books.

  2. Thank you for the inspirational post! Your quote from Pete the Cat is one we would all do well to think of during tough moments!

  3. Just read Thirst and my mom loved Jefferson Sons hope to see you soon

    Asher Sauder