“What did you do on your summer vacation?” If assigned a report on this topic, school librarian Ben
Moore might report that he spent his summer on a “busman’s holiday,” working as a reference assistant at the Allen County Public Library
. Ben, librarian for Smith-Green Schools
in Churubusco, is helping patrons 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in The Genealogy Center
for his 10th summer. This year he is also working at the Ask desk in Reader’s Services part time in the evenings.
Ben started working summers in The Genealogy Center
back in 2005 when the main library departments were temporarily housed in the Renaissance Center building (now Citizens Square) during renovation of 900 Library Plaza. He said he applied for a summer job at the library and expected, since he was a teacher at that time, that he might be assigned to Children’s Services. Instead, he found himself in Genealogy. Ben said he remembered coming to what was then called the Genealogy Department with his grandmother when he was a boy and he found the subject interesting, but wasn’t really “a genealogist” when he started working summers in The Center
. He has since dabbled in working on his family history.
He said he very much enjoys helping the patrons of The Genealogy Center
every summer and finds the variety of their questions interesting.