Mt. Kisco, N.Y. - The Mount Kisco Library has served as a place for the community to come together and expand their knowledge for years, but who's the brains behind the operation? Quietly tucked away in her office, you'll find Susan Riley, the director for the Mount Kisco Public Library.
When people think of librarians, they some times get intimidated or assume the person is the shy and quiet type, this is not so in Riley's case.
"I used to show dogs but my own dogs and my friend's dogs are not show quality right now, so I haven't been doing it lately," said Riley. "I have two french bulldogs and I adore them."
When she's not in her office writing grants for the library, you can spot Riley hiking with her husband, or writing book reviews for dog magazines.
"I love to hike, we usually go to Pawling to hike, but we've been all over," said Riley.
Riley's love of books started at an early age when her father would drive the family down to Ossining's library on Saturdays.
"Growing up, I was always interested in books," said Riley. "I was skinny and had no athletic ability, so I spent a lot of time reading books."
At one point, Riley had read almost every book in the children's room, so her parents let her graduate up to the adult section.
Later in life, Riley had three children in three years. Once her youngest started kindergarten, she went back to school for her masters in library science. After graduating, she began working in the Westchester library system full-time.
Ten and a half years ago I started working in Mt. Kisco, said Riley, who also worked in the Ardsley, Chappaqua, Greenbergh and the White Plains libraries.
Riley takes pride in her library, as does her entire family. Her husband, Tom, built the facades hanging in the children's section and the mounting brackets for art exhibits upstairs.
I really like the fit of this community, it reminds me of Ossining in a way, it's much smaller of course, said Riley. It just reminds me of where I grew up.
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