Knowledgeable and helpful, Mary K. Spore Alhadef is a cherished part of the Redwood City Public Library community. She joined the institution as an audio-visual librarian in 1978, and transferred to become a general reference and local history and archives librarian in 2006. She continues to serve in the latter role to this day. Her responsibilities include cataloguing and running programs.
Ms. Spore Alhadef prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1965 and a Master of Library Science from Peabody College in 1966. She then garnered hands-on experience as the assistant director of libraries at Boston College, a librarian at the Weston College School of Theology and at St. Patrick’s Seminary, and a reference librarian at the Graduate Theological Union Library, as well as a member of the American Theological Library Association. To share what she learned, she authored chapters in “Redwood City: A Hometown History” and “150th Anniversary Book” and was interviewed by Korean Television.
Reflecting on her career, Ms. Spore Alhadef attributes much of her success to her husband, a librarian, clergyman, and professor. He supported her wholeheartedly. She also credits her parents, who taught her the value of being economically self-sufficient, and Father Connelly, who was the director of libraries at Boston College. He wrote her recommendations for graduate school and offered her a job when she finished her education.