Parent You Should Know: Dana Giusti
Dana Giusti is the children’s librarian at Lovett Memorial Library in Philadelphia. She lives in Mount Airy, a quaint Philadelphia neighborhood, with her husband and 2-year-old son named Connor.
What’s hard about juggling parenthood and your career?
What makes balancing both easier?
Having a good support system. My colleagues are understanding when daycare closes at the last minute or my son gets sick. I also have a great husband; we strive to have an equal partnership.
What do you love about being a parent?
A lot! It has been amazing watching our baby grow into a toddler with his own personality. I love seeing what excites him and watching him discover
What would you say is your biggest parenting “fail”?
Not sleep training properly. Honestly though, we’re all just doing the best we can, especially since we’re raising babies in a pandemic.
What do you love about your job?
There are so many things I love: finding the right book for a child, the fun of planning library programs, seeing my storytime toddlers grow into schoolchildren who read independently, etc. I feel very lucky to love my job.
What’s one thing you hope your children learn from you and your job?
Reading builds empathy, which is one of the most important qualities a person can have, in my opinion. Also, learning never stops and can be a lot of fun!
Family Meal: Cacia’s tomato pie
Dessert: Tofutti Cuties
Way to Spend a Weekend Together With Your Family: Playing outside, visiting the playground and crafting
Book to Read Together: It’s ever changing, but my son is currently obsessed with “Sumo Counting” by Sanae Ishida and “Rosa Loves Cars” by Jessica Spanyol
Family Vacation Spot: Connor’s grandparents’ homes. We’ve had to postpone all of our real vacations. In normal times, we love to travel!