Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Profiles – Angela P. Bonds, Children’s Librarian, Boston Public Library

by Gina Perille

Although she was 24 before she realized her true calling, Angela Bonds has always loved the library. “It was librarians who got me enthusiastic about the library,” she recalls. Early in her career, when she worked in circulation and shelving, she loved spending time in the teen room of the Central Library in Copley Square —“even when I wasn’t working,” she says. “I liked watching the interactions of the kids, and even shelving books in the children’s room was so much fun. I liked the hustle and bustle and being asked for book suggestions.”

Today, Angela is thrilled to be a new children’s librarian for the Boston Public Library. “I want to make sure kids have a good time in the library,” she says. To accomplish that, she hopes to find “fun ways to connect” with young people, from story hours and showing movies based on books to providing out-of-school time experiences.

Serving a mix of age groups is one of the rewards of her job. “Seeing kids go from babies to teens is exciting,” she says. “Maybe someday one of them will become a librarian.”