Fresh Face Friday: January 25th

Time to Read Up on our New Librarian:

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week and have something nice planned for the weekend. It’s that time again, Fresh Face Friday! After rave reviews of me last week (or so I’ve heard,) we are putting another new member of staff through their paces. This time, it’s our new librarian Paula!

Name: Paula Cooke

Job Title: Librarian

Date Started: January 7th 2019


How are you finding Hallfield?

The staff have been lovely and the children are charming and great fun!   I feel very welcomed by all.

What is your favourite part about working here?

I think it has to be interacting with the children. I have worked with young people throughout my career and I really enjoy it.

What made you choose Hallfield?

I wanted to stay in the independent sector as I’ve worked my whole life in prep schools. I researched the school very carefully when I saw the job advertised and thought Hallfield could definitely be the place for me!

What were you like in school?

Well, I was a bit of a clown sometimes but I did work hard! Looking back, it must have been difficult for the teachers sometimes. I now understand what it is like from their point of view!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I adore cooking and baking! I love to write, I’ve written throughout my whole life right from my teenage years up until now. I also love travelling. I like to visit beautiful places around the world and photograph them. I also love listening  to music.

What are you most proud of?

My children. I have 2 girls, both at university and doing really well. Both have chosen English based subjects, which is my passion. My 21 year old is about to start her Phd later in the year and my younger daughter is here in Birmingham, directing and writing plays at University. They are strong, intelligent, independent young women and I’m so very proud of both of them.

Now for some fun ones! Cats or dogs?

Oh, cats! They’re independent animals, and they’re not clingy I love animals in general and have owned both cats and dogs, but dogs are very reliant on you, whereas cats will come to you if they’re in the mood or go off and do their own thing and I admire their independence.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

That would be such a difficult choice!  I have such a long bucket list! I would love to visit Japan and India…..but anywhere that’s extremely photogenic.

If you could choose 1 dinner guest dead or alive, who would you choose?

Oh wow, I’d like to speak to Martin Luther King… but there would be so many dead ones, I think it would be the biggest party ever, so let me choose a live one.  I would definitely say Michelle Obama….and Barack, I think being a couple they could count as one! When he won the election I remember staying up all night as they counted all the votes and cried when they announced the result!

What kind of music do you like?

I like most kinds of music but it depends on my mood. My children and I will play the latest tracks in the car (including rap songs), and I will sing along, very loudly, much to their embarrassment! On the other end of the scale I could just as easily switch to opera which I have ready to play in the library! The only genres I do not particularly like are heavy metal and prog rock, but everything else,  I’m happy to listen to!

Do you have a secret talent?

Hmmm, well I’m good at dressmaking and have made costumes for theatrical shows. But my new hobby at the moment is singing in a ladies barber shop choir!

And there we go! I hope you enjoyed reading this piece on our amazing new librarian just as much as I did interviewing her, she really does have some fascinating stories! Join us next week when I will be interviewing a new member of staff. Have a great weekend.