Susan L. Smithers is a retired Librarian of 41 years with a background in theater, political science, literature and current affairs.
Susan received her B.A. with Honors from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD in 1970 and her M. L. S. from the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, in College Park, MD in 1979. She worked for the Anne Arundel County Public Library System/Annapolis Library for 2 years as a Bookmobile Librarian.
She then spent the next 39 years working for the Prince George’s County Memorial Branch Library (at the following branches: Oxon Hill, Bowie, Greenbelt, and the County Correctional Center).
Susan held a variety of positions: Adult Services Librarian, Young Adult Librarian, County Correctional Center (“Jailhouse”) Librarian, Department Head of Adult Services, Department Head of Young Adult Services and ended her career as the Department Head of Youth Services (children’s and teen services combined).
During her long career, Susan staged talent shows for teens, presented story time sessions for children, did programming, presented workshops and created booklists for people of all ages. Her articles have been published in professional journals and newsletters.
She has done extensive research in creating the In Memory of 6 Million Booklist: An Introduction to Holocaust Literature, specifically for this concert and to honor and remember the six million who perished in the Holocaust.
When asked why she became interested in the Holocaust, Susan replied, “I’m a Navy brat and was living in Nicosia, Cyprus, when Otto Preminger arrived with his cast and crew to film the movie Exodus. I was 12 at the time and neither my friends or I had learned about the Holocaust. We read Leon Uris’ book and were shocked, horrified and amazed as only impressionable children can be. From that time on, I immersed myself in Holocaust literature."