Meet the Librarians

Maria Falgoust, Head Librarian

Maria’s Current Favorite Books:

For Younger Students:
Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer and K-Fai Steele

For Older Students:
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington.

For Adults:
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Maria earned a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from The Palmer School, a part of Long Island University. A Native of New Orleans, Maria has worked as a school librarian in independent schools in New York City and Rome. Maria is on the planning committee for NYSAIS Education and Information Technology Conference and Teaching With Technology symposium, has served as the vice-president for the Hudson Valley Library Association (HVLA) board twice, co-organized the Building Bridges Through Books book club through the Human Rights Pen Pal organization, and was awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship to Uruguay in 2019. She is a fan of Stephen Krashen’s reading theories and believes that libraries empower patrons and benefit society in countless ways. Maria is passionate about community building and is always dreaming up new ways to bring our community closer together through the love of literacy. Outside of her work, Maria loves to travel, and she is enthusiastic about cooking and is known for her dinner parties featuring different cuisines from around the world. 

Eli Hetko, Associate Librarian

Eli’s Current Favorite Books:

For Students:
Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

For Adults:
Barkskins by Annie Proulx


Eli recently graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Queens College. Before coming to ISB he worked as a musician and in the field of disability services. For seven years, Eli also served as a volunteer conversation group leader for adult learners of the English language at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Kensington Branch. Eli believes that libraries should be welcoming spaces for all, filled with relevant resources for the communities they serve.