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Mom on the Move Erica Palmisano

Lives: Towson
Children: Juliet, 8; Alexander, 6
Occupation: Communications/Media Relations, Baltimore County Public Library

Tell us about your work and what sparked your interest in this field.
I’ve been in public and media relations for the majority of my career; connecting and collaborating with a variety of people, sharing stories and being part of an ever-evolving industry keeps things exciting. When the position opened up here at the library a couple of years ago, I jumped at the chance. What better position is there for a community-minded booklover? Baltimore County Public Library’s story is a great one to tell: Our 19 branches (and website) provide equal access to resources for people of all backgrounds and circumstances, feature great programs for people of all ages, serve as community hubs and, of course, have lots of great books!

What is a typical week like for you?
Every day is different here at the library and that’s what keeps it interesting. I handle all of our social media accounts, talk with staff throughout the (700-plus employee) system about programs and services we’d like to promote, write press releases and connect with my media contacts, talk with local organizations about partnership opportunities, brainstorm about interesting ways to connect with the public and write a blog post or two.

What has surprised you about your career?
I’m still surprised that I’ve made a career doing something I love. Not only do I enjoy the work, I am proud to work for an inclusive library system with colleagues who value equal access and intellectual freedom.

How do you manage work-life balance?
Well … I thought I had it all figured out, but my family situation changed and I’m working on creating a new normal. When my children are with their dad, I’ll work late, go to the gym, read or go out with my friends. When I’m with my kids, it’s all about them. We read, play games, hang out with families in our neighborhood, go to the park and festivals and watch movies.

What is the best advice another mother gave you?
Be kind to yourself. I have spent so much time overthinking my parenting decisions that I’ve missed opportunities to be spontaneous and silly (which my children love!). I am working on treating myself like I would a close friend; being kind, accepting and mindful. It makes life much easier.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to run (and am thinking of joining a running club), read and enjoy a wide variety of food and wine. Also, there’s nothing better than watching “CBS Sunday Morning” and doing a crossword puzzle.

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