Collin Benson hits ground running at Eola Branch Library

Aurora Public Library's Collin Benson
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By Miriam Meza – 

Growth continues at the Aurora Public Library (APL), from increased collaborations to professional growth for our staff members. It is true for our new adult services paraprofessional at Eola Road Branch, Collin Benson. He started at the Eola Road Branch November 23 and has hit the ground running with new ideas for services provided to adults. You may recognize Collin Benson’s name, because he started working for the Aurora Public Library three-and-a-half years ago and has grown into his new role.

He started working at the Santori Library in Digital Services where he said the job challenged him to think outside the box on what a library can be to those who use it. From his early days in the Makerspace helping customers use our laser cutter and vinyl cutter, he worked his way up to reference assistant and then to paraprofessional at Eola Road Branch. He said all of his positions have taught him the many ways the library can be used by customers. He expressed that his predecessor, Lynn, did an outstanding job with programs, offering a great service, and he hopes to follow in her success.

You can feel Collin’s excitement radiate! He’s happy to be a part of APL in a bigger capacity, including putting programs together for the community, assisting with senior citizens’ events, and finding non-fiction materials. Collin said he is thrilled to be planning spring programs such as a nutritionist presentation, bingo, and craft classes. Just like his various roles have pushed him to think outside the box, Collin plans to bring outside-the-box events such as birdwatching on a spring walk, astronomy presentations, or a session where customers can make their own pet first-aid kits, presented by a veterinarian.

A native Auroran, Collin said he remembers going to APL’s main location when he was young and loved being in the children’s area. He even recalls winning a gumball guessing game at APL when he was seven years old!

Stop at the second-floor reference desk at Eola Road, 555 S. Eola Road, which shares a building with the Eola Community Center, to welcome Collin and ask for a book recommendation. Don’t be surprised if he recommends a social sciences book because it’s his favorite subject. Do you have an idea for Collin? Would you like to lead or see certain types of programs at the Eola Road Branch? Feel free to share your ideas with him at cjbens@aurorapubliclibrary.org.

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