Library Mysteries - Shannon Duffy, and the Case of the Missing DVD

HESTER THURSBY is the star and hero of Little Comfort; she’s smart, she’s savvy, and she’s a librarian--with a side gig finding lost people. To celebrate the profession’s everyday superstars, I’ll be interviewing librarians, and focusing on the mysteries they solve every day. Meet Shannon Duffy, a real-life smart and savvy librarian.  

Shannon Duffy Sutton Free Public Library - Youth Services Librarian

Shannon Duffy

Sutton Free Public Library - Youth Services Librarian

Recent discoveries?

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown, andThe Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story (The Manga) by Marie Kondō.

Old friends?

My taste in literature is eclectic to say the least. My two oldest friends are Jane Austen and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles). One eloquently details the romantic lives for Eighteenth Century British gentry, the other highlights the dark side of fairy tales and modern day living.  

Happiest work moments?

My happiest moment to date happened when I just started doing Storytime; a little boy and his mom would come in every week, but the little boy never showed any expression or participated in any of the songs/dances. I honestly thought he was bored by the whole experience. Then one day while his mother and I were chatting, she informed me that her little boy loved my Storytime. That they actually had to go out and buy the book from the last Storytime (The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi) and that it has to be read, “the way Ms.Shannon does it.” She told me that they ended up going to an apiary, because he had become fascinated by bees. One Storytime opened up an entire new subject of learning and joy for this stone-faced little boy. Happiest. Moment. Ever.  

What’s a mystery that you’ve solved recently?

A patron was looking for a Juvenile DVD that the OPAC [Online Patron Access] said was available. It was not in the Juvenile DVD section (I checked… the whole thing). It was not in the Young Adult DVD section or the Adult DVD section. It was not in storage or on the holds shelf or under the hot mess that is my desk. It was mixed in with the audio books, because someone out there hates me.

Something you’re looking forward to learning?

ASL (American Sign Language)