The Real Librarians of Chelmsford

What is the best way to get to know a librarian?  By getting them to dish about books, of course!  Each month, we will introduce you to one of the librarians of Chelmsford Public Library. This month, we talked to one of our Adult Service Specialists, Julia Sullivan. Julia enjoys a large range of fiction, and is willing to give any genre a chance. When she’s not reading, she can be found roller skating, playing music, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen. We asked Julia…

What was your first library?

My first library was the Woburn Public Library, before it was renovated. It looked like a castle, and the children’s room was tucked away in the basement. As much as I loved how cozy it was then, it’s so beautiful now! It matches the old with the new just like Chelmsford Public Library, and has an incredibly rich archive. I would absolutely recommend stopping in if you’re in the area!

What books are on your nightstand right now?

I have Crying in H-Mart by Michelle Zauner on my nightstand, with Robin Ha’s Cook Korean! so I can try making some of the recipes Zauner writes about.




What book do you love to suggest to patrons?

I always suggest The Lager Queen of Minnesota by Ryan Stradal. It is such a sweet family story, and the women it describes are strong and compassionate.


Why do you love being a librarian?

I love getting the opportunity to work with the community. I feel like every interaction I have helps people for the better, and sometimes these are in small, unexpected ways. It’s very fulfilling! It doesn’t hurt that I get to see the new books right as they come in, either!


Who are some of your favorite authors?



Where is your favorite place to read?

The beach! Every summer I go to Hampton Beach, and I sit in the sand with a book until I’ve finished it or the sun has set – whichever comes first! I love the sound of the waves, and I don’t have to worry about anything other than the plot twist I’m reading that day.


Which book you would most like to read again for the first time?

The first time I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, it took my breath away. I would love to read it with fresh eyes as an adult, and experience its beautiful, heartbreaking writing for the first time again.



What is the last book that made you laugh or cry (or both!)

Julia Armfield’s Our wives under the sea made me cry, then laugh, then cry again in the span of a few pages. I plan on listening to the audiobook soon as well, the narrators have gotten amazing reviews!