Just two days into her new stint as library manager at the , Patti Forsman already has big plans for the facility.
"You need someone to utilize this space," she said, sweeping her hand around the children's area of the library. Forsman, who has spent time working as a librarian at Middletown High School North and Red Bank Regional, said she'd love a contest for high school students to create a mural on the walls to add a splash of local color.
The Little Silver resident and mother of three also noted that with the recent elimination of a full-time librarian at , the Eatontown facility could "supplement what the high school kids lost."
She said she would love for students to use the library for research and projects and maybe get copies of their textbooks to help them study. Forsman also said that tutoring for midterms and finals and SAT prep would also be possible programs that she implements over time. For the older population, Forsman would like to offer computer training classes. An expanded young adult section is also in the works.
Forsman replaced long-time librarian Amy Garibay who died in August after a sudden stroke in June. Garibay had been at the library for 23 years and was an active member of the community, according to
Grasso, who oversees the library, said she thinks Forsman is a "good fit" for the borough.
"I see a bright future for the library," she said.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article inadvertently left out one of Forsman's three sons.