Stacy Silcock wearing a Yankees cap and sitting in a pink kayakStacy Silcock is the new school librarian at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. She became a librarian because she loves seeing students excited about books and reading, and fostering that love for reading. Like many of us, the best advice she ever received came from a Harry Potter book.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Mrs. Silcock:


What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?

I am the school librarian at M.C. Smith Elementary School.

When did you start working here?

January 2022.

What does your job entail? What are your responsibilities/priorities?

The library is a very busy place so I feel like I do a million things each day, but my priority is to make sure every student leaves the library with a book they will enjoy.

What do you like most about your job?

I love seeing kids excited about books and reading, and when they share their excitement with me, it fills me with joy.

What is your education background?

I have a Master of Science in Education (7-12 ELA) and a Master of Science in Information Science – School Librarian (K-12).

What is your professional background?

At my last school, I ran both the elementary and high school libraries – talk about busy!! And I love my profession so much that I drove an hour and a half each way to do it!

Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.

I love to cross stitch and read (of course) and, when the weather is nice, I love being on my kayak. I like to travel with my husband and son – road trips to National Parks or baseball parks are our favorite.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?

“Don’t let the muggles get you down.” – Ron Weasley to Harry Potter in Chapter 1 Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)

What is your motto or personal mantra?

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers; a librarian can bring you back the right one.” – Neil Gaiman