Library Media Technology Specialist
Hawthorne Elementary School
Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
Working at two elementary schools in Appleton, WI.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I LOVE connecting students with literature. When a book touches a reader as a child, it stays with them like no other material they read throughout their lives.
How do you stay inspired?
When I connect the right child with the right book…it’s magical! The literature that is written for children and young adults is so inspiring and creative.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I read (of course!), knit, make jewelry, go for walks with my dog, write when I feel inspired, and I love to cook. I sort of collect cookbooks…the best of both worlds! The thing that most people don’t know about me is that I play computer games. That’s my husband’s fault. He and his three children played computer games when I first met him, and as I joined the family, I joined in the gaming. It was one of the ways that my new husband and I could spend time together! So…now I play World of Warcraft, and I have to admit to being hooked!
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
I have one story that is one of my favorite days at the library. One of my little first grade boys asked for a book about fish. His eyes were so wide when he said that he really wanted to get a dog as a pet, but his dad said that first he had to have a fish. He had already checked out all the books on dogs that we had in the library, so I knew his interest in dogs was strong. I was so happy that he thought that he would find out what he needed to know about having a fish as a pet when he came to the library! Now, that sweet boy is a fifth grader, and he has his dog!
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
I love the blue rocking chairs and the round pebble stools that are part of the library décor. They are comfortable, inviting and favorites of the students. They are a real treat in a school library! I am passionate about Norbond! It is the best! I absolutely love the subject/genre labels. It makes it so easy to show students how to quickly scan the shelves and find something they might be interested in! The collaboration station, where up to 4 laptop computers can be plugged in and shared on a large screen, is so helpful when presenting to a small group or when we need to work together and share ideas.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library? How do you envision your library in 2025?
It is a hub of activity, with space to read, connect through WiFi using 1:1 devices, and has a large, active MakerSpace area. Students are engaged and excited to be here, and I am able to actively work with them and guide them to fantastic new (and older) materials to enrich their worlds. There would be enough computers for everyone to do what they needed to do, enough resources to fulfill their information needs, and enough great reads for their pleasure reading. There are times when the library is quiet, but most of the time the room is alive with students actively engaged in exploring.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Follow your heart and be the unapologetic advocate for excellence in literature for our children. Get excited about your reading and let the children in your space see your passion for great stories.