Jessica Wahl joins library staff

Jane Hamilton

Jessica Wahl joined the school community as a librarian this year. Along with her library duties, she will work in the upper school Learning Center to provide assistance for students in writing and executive functioning.

“I’m hoping to bring my love of libraries and literacy [to Harvard-Westlake],” Wahl said. “I love what libraries can do for people and what they have to offer. It’s not just books. It’s a place to come hang out [and] to get questions answered.”

Wahl has nearly twenty years of experience working in libraries. She said she discovered her love for books when she was young, and acquired her first job working in a library at age fifteen. She has served as a circulation clerk, a library associate for children’s literature and, most recently, a library clerk at the Buggemeyer Library in Monterey Park.

Wahl earned a bachelor’s degree in literature from Eastern Michigan University, as well as a master’s in library science from the University of Southern California.

Outside of her job, Wahl pursues her passion of silent films through her blog, “Silence is Platinum,” where she writes about the creators of the art to ensure their stories are not forgotten.