Fort Atkinson, WI
Patrons Your Library Serves:
Kindergarten–5th grade students, and staff
What was your first library job?
My first library job was in the circulation department at UW-Whitewater Library, while I was earning my School Library Media certification. I was in charge of uploading electronic reserves for professors, working at the circulation desk, and shelving books.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I love to see students get excited about books. To foster a love of reading and literature in a child is a pretty powerful thing. I also love introducing students and teachers to new technology. It’s a wonderful feeling to open new doors for people and provide new ways for teachers to teach and students to learn.
How do you stay inspired?
I read all the time. I also try to stay up-to-date with new books series and new teaching technologies by attending conferences and staying connected with other librarians and teachers.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love spending time with family and friends and I like to do yoga. Of course, I am in a book club and I love to write funny poetry for others. Something people might not guess about me is even though I love to read books, I also LOVE going to the movies. My husband and I see a new movie every time we have a date night!
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would make an enclosed computer lab and also have a “device station” where students can sit with their devices. I would install skylights throughout the library for natural lighting. I would also make a lounge area for students to meet in small groups or relax and read. Finally, I would have a makerspace area for STEM activities, like a Lego® club and other fun games and activities.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
I think it will be very student centered and technology driven. There will be many more devices and online resources and much less physical books and paper materials.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Always be prepared to wear many hats and always make room to add one more on top of the pile.