Patrons Your Library Serves:
grades 1st–12th (different learners)
What was your first library job?
I started out volunteering in my kids’ school library. The librarian, Maureen, and I became fast friends. She taught me basic cataloging and other library jobs. She trained me so well I went to renew my teaching certificate while getting my Master’s in Library and Information Science at WSU. Before I graduated from WSU, I landed a job at Eton Academy. The bookkeeper, Lori, also volunteered some in the school library with me and said there was an opening at Eton where she worked.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I love working here and helping students find the “just right book.” I remember what it was like to struggle in school with reading and math. To find myself in a library and love reading all these books is sometimes overwhelming to me from where I began back in elementary school crying over a book report and not having read the book. I love my job and helping the students here as well as helping the teachers with various resources.
How do you stay inspired?
I love my job! Helping everyone and seeing how I help inspires me to keep going and find more resources and the best titles to complement the curriculum. Hearing a high school student say he read the whole book for the first time in his life and enjoyed the book keeps me going. Hearing a middle school student who is severely dyslexic read (devour) The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth and see the pride she has in herself inspires me to keep going.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love spending time with my husband, Michael, and our 2 children, Ryan (20 years old) and Loryn (16 years old). I love to read of course and people are surprised to hear that I struggled with reading as a child. A middle school student asked me that once if I loved to read as a kid. When I told her I hated reading she was shocked and couldn’t believe it!
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
Besides the stories above, back when I was volunteering, a student came up to me and said, “Because of you I read this whole book.” She checked out the next book in the series. That helped me know I was on the right track and going to library school was in my future.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
I try to have as many visuals as possible to help students be independent finding books in the library even though I am happy to help. I like using the various genre stickers on the spines. It helps me as well as the teachers to do a quick search of the shelves. I also use a purple star at the top of the spine to indicate the title has an audio book. Many students like listening (and reading) to help with their comprehension.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
Books, books, audio books, ebooks and more books, of course! I would love to combine our libraries in a sense like a giant pie chart. We have 3 libraries in our building: the main library, leveled library (guided reading sets), and our community resource center. Having the libraries connected so I can help everyone in “one place” would be helpful for everyone.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
We are busting out at the seams with our enrollment (currently over 200). In the next few years we are expanding into the building next to us (it was a church). The library won’t change/move until our second phase of remodeling so everything will be different in 2025! Maybe by then we will be in an even larger building helping our students and the communities around us helping different learners and their teachers! A larger space for all grade levels to enjoy the books and resources. A space for meetings that won’t interrupt classes and students who want to do work in the library.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Do what feels right for your population. If fairy tales do better in the picture book section then catalog them there or in nonfiction. What works for me may not work for you. Give it a try anyway, you never know what will be a success and what needs tweaking.