Gretchen Metzler: Meet the New Upper School Librarian

Alice Bolandhemat The Upper School library is a space where many students spend their time. This year, Latin’s new Librarian, Ms. Metzler, will be doing the same. Originally from Michigan, Metzler has been living in the Midwest her whole life. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. In 2006, Ms. Metzler moved to the Windy City, and has lived here ever since, working as the Librarian at Loyola Academy, a Jesuit high school, for 11 years before coming to Latin. “I am super excited to be a part of a small school and an active community,” she explained. She is looking forward to “getting to know students that pass through the library on a daily basis.” Metzler is also hoping to have the US library be a place where students “feel free to contribute their thoughts, as well as a place where they feel welcome.” Her all-time favorite book is Matilda by Roald Dahl, which you unfortunately cannot currently read in any of the Latin libraries, but that’s nothing a quick trip to Barnes & Noble can’t fix! When she isn’t reading, Ms. Metzler likes to spend time with her “very grumpy terrier named Egon, named after the Ghostbuster.” Other activities she enjoys are running, sewing, baking and crafting. Metzler has also studied abroad in Zimbabwe. There are many aspects of being a roman that Ms. Metzler is looking forward to, one of which is  Project week, where she will get to know many students that she might not otherwise get to have an in-depth conversation with. Metzler also hopes to eventually take part in clubs at Latin. It’s easy to tell how enthusiastic Ms. Metzler is about becoming a part of the Latin community. She “cannot wait to meet the students next week!” In turn, ee are very excited to welcome her to Latin!]]>