New, But Familiar Face

There is another new face behind the circulation desk, but she is certainly familiar to many of you. Monique, though new to our staff, served as President of Friends of the Topsham Public Library for a few years. Monique was impressed by the fierce loyalty that members have toward Topsham Public Library and the desire to give back to an organization that means so much to them.

From southern Maine, Monique attended University of Southern Maine and majored in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys biking, walking, hiking and nature walks.

Monique’s love for the outdoors and all things nature expresses itself in a variety of ways. In the past, she has facilitated nature journaling workshops for the Topsham Public Library. She was a curriculum designer and blogger for Playful Learning, a provider of nature based curriculum for teachers and parents. Now, an author of her own blog Green Acorns, she shares her nature finds and provides nature-based activities.  Her efforts to connect children with nature have not gone unnoticed. In December, 2016, Monique received the Vitamin N Recognition Award from Richard Louv, a journalist and author who co-founded the Children & Nature Network.

If Monique could pick a superpower it would be to communicate with animals of all kinds. Her dream job would be to use nature therapy to help children in need. She reads more nonfiction than fiction, but recently discovered Barbara Kingsolver and enjoyed her writing. She prefers cake to pie, chocolate to vanilla, and ocean-side rather than lakeside.

We are so happy to welcome Monique on board! Be sure to say, hi!