About The Librarian

Phone: 208 350-4315


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Barbara Leighty

My Why 

I fell in love with reading the day I first discovered Nancy Drew.  I remember that summer well.  I read over 30 books.  As I got to know Nancy and her friends, Bess and George, I was driven to know what happened next. I would flip the pages as quickly as I could because someone was in trouble and I had to find out how it was all going to end. That summer, with the help of Nancy Drew, I discovered the joy of getting lost in a good book. 

I am an avid reader to this day.  No matter what is going on in my life it all slips away when I lose myself in a great story.  Mystery and fantasy are my two favorite genres.  I often have several books on my nightstand that I am reading. I just finished a wonderful book by Barbara O'Connor called Wish and am currently reading The Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (by Joanne Fluke), The Man Who Died Twice (a Thursday Murder Club Mystery set in England featuring a retired club of amatuer slueths by Richard Osman). I love Harry Potter and have read the series many times.  Following Harry on his first train trip to Hogwarts is like going home to visit an old friend. 

I love getting lost in a good book and it is my fondest hope that I can introduce the students at Summerwind to the joy of reading so they too can meet new friends and take off on wonderful adventures.

 My Background

While attending Cal State Northridge, I worked in the floral department at a local market and loved it.  I decided I wanted to work in a flower shop so I switched to Los Angeles Pierce College and graduated with an Associate of Sciene- Floral Design and Management degree with the goal of opening my own shop. As often happens, life took me in a different direction and I ended up working in my children's elementary school in the library where I found my passion. I have worked in elementary and high school libraries over the past 20+ years but working with elemntary school students is my happy place.

 My Interests

In my free time I love to read, bake and scrapbook.  My husband and I love to travel and are expecting our first grandchild soon.