This blog started out as a challenge from my then 12-year old son, who is, in his mind, a computer genius. He seems to be under the impression that computers and the internet didn't exist until his generation for some reason; he thinks he knows everything about computers and we know nothing. Anyway, one night he was scoffing at my computer skills and said I didn't even know how to blog. Now, I'd never had a reason to blog, but I'm not one to back down from a challenge :)
So, I thought for a minute about what I could blog about, and decided since I found other storytime blogs to be very helpful I would start one of my own, from the unique perspective of someone who is just starting out, and was not yet a librarian. I popped over to Blogger, and voila, in a few minutes I had the bare bones of a blog, and by the next day I had written my bio and several posts to be published over the next few days. I showed it to a few people who thought it was good, and encouraged me to continue, and I have. I hope others who are interested in children's literature and storytime find it useful. I try to not just show what books and activities I use, but WHY I chose them, and how they worked, and I include some commentary about various things related to youth services . I would love to get some comments!
While I do enjoy doing storytime and that is my primary duty in my current position, it is not my only professional interest or ability. My ideal position would be one that had a balance of everything: customer service, reader's advisory, reference, collection maintenance & development, some programming for varied ages, and support duties. I love interacting with patrons of all ages and doing a little bit of everything!
In order to demonstrate some of my other skills and interests, I started another blog called Jen's Library Tales where I share reviews primarily on middle-grade and young adult books, with a few adult books as well, along with my experiences working at the service desk, and occasional commentary on topics such as customer service, reader's advisory, and collection development (though I have not had time to be as active on this one since I started my MLIS program).
Visit my Facebook Page "Adventures In Storytime" and "Like" it for another way to follow my posts and join in the discussion. I really would like to hear from some of you!