Irondequoit Public Library

Maxi McGraw
Written By Petar Kostadinov
Idea by Karen Hultz

Maxi McGraw was born one sunny day in East Irondequoit in Rochester, New York. From the day Maxi was born, her mother and father brought her to the children story hours at Helen McGraw Branch.

She loved books and every night her mom and dad read to her, from the children books they borrowed from Maxi’s local library.

When Maxi turned 5 years old she was very excited that she could get her first library card. And every day from that moment on, Maxi checked out as many children’s books as possible.

When Maxi turned 17 years old, she applied to work in her local library as Library Page and then Library Clerk because Maxi loves the library so much.

After finishing High School, Maxi went to Library School and she became a Librarian. Maxi graduated in the top of her class, becoming best of the best. All of that hard work that she did and those books that Maxi read helped her become the greatest person and librarian.

Now Maxi helps out and teaches many other children that come through those doors where she got her heart started with books back home in her local Helen McGraw Branch. Working also with her great co-workers as well, answering and helping other patron’s questions.

Now Maxi also is teaching the children about how the Library is important and how well they need to keep it and enjoy it every day and pass it on to their children and grandchildren when they grow up and have families of their own.

©March 2, 2011 by Petar Kostadinov

©March 2, 2011 by Karen Hultz

five fun facts about McGraw's librarian
1. She loves to read teen lit
2. Thinks chocolate should be a food group
3. Is a member of the committee that brings you the greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
4. Her favorite color is purple
5. Like to try strange foods (ex. cactus fries, alligator tail, elk, turtle soup, etc)

Pauline Evans Library Mascot, Tomo Picatso

Tomo Picatso was born on Atlantis around 1836. Not much is known about his early life. It is believed he swam to Rochester, showing up on the banks of Lake Ontario in the town of Irondequoit around 1850. Tomo has lived in the teen section of the Pauline Evans branch of the Irondequoit Library since its doors opened in 1963. He is an avid reader, and has finished every single teen book in the library. He really really likes romance novels, and his favorite author is Meg Cabot. If you are looking for a good book, Tomo is the guy to ask. He recently began acting. His first movie, “Nuns with Guns”, is coming to a theater near you this fall and is expected to be an enormous hit. Tomo is a very modest man, and says that, regardless of his future success on the big screen, he will stay at the library to read and recommend books to the teens of Irondequoit.