Meet New Library Board Member Laura Osterhout
In January, we also welcomed new library board member Laura Osterhout! Laura grew up in the Finger Lakes and has lived NYS her whole life. She has lived and worked in many places in upstate NY, including: Albany, Brockport, Buffalo, Elmira, Rochester, and Seneca Falls. She moved to West Henrietta in 2011 with her husband, Jay and son, Trace.
Laura is the Member Services Librarian at the Rochester Regional Library Council in Fairport, a non-profit membership organization serving the needs of all types of libraries. She manages all office IT, helps members complete digitization projects, schedules continuing education and training classes for library staff, and works collaboratively with colleagues across the state on a variety of projects. Before moving to Henrietta, Laura and her family lived in Buffalo for seven years. Laura received her Master of Library Science from the University at Buffalo in 2005, and has held various positions in libraries over the years.
Laura began reading at the age of 4, and her earliest and fondest memories are of her parents reading to her. Her favorite book as a young child was "Chicken Little," and she loved to run around saying "the sky is falling!" At the age of 8, Laura's parents made a deal with her - she could take out any book from the library that she wanted, as long as she could read and understand the words. So began a long reading affair with R.L. Stine, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. She struck the same deal with her son, Trace, who also shares a love of spooky stories.
Laura has been working with the library as a volunteer on our building advisory committee, and many of us have worked with her in various ways through her work with RRLC. We are so glad to have her as part of our Board of Trustees!