About Me

Super Library Girl!
I have have worked in libraries for over 11 years now, currently serving as the children's services librarian and department head at a medium-sized, somewhat rural library.

Prior to that I worked in a nearby large public library system for 7 years in a variety of support and paraprofessional positions: as a page in the the children's department of the urban main library, an early literacy outreach specialist, and a paraprofessional in a very busy suburban branch serving a very diverse community. It was here that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from several excellent children's librarians and gain invaluable experience with programming, customer service, reader's advisory, collection maintenance, and more. 

I liked working at the library so much that I decided to go back to school to get an MLIS and become a full-fledged children's librarian. I really enjoy working not only with children, but with families as well, helping instill a love of reading and connecting people with the materials and services they need. I like doing a little bit of everything: customer service, reference, reader's advisory, collection development, and of course, programming.

I am an information junkie, a voracious reader, and I've always enjoyed working with kids, so it would seem that being a children's librarian would be an obvious choice, wouldn't it? However, it took me awhile to come to this realization. Initially I went into science education, and I've been a teacher, a biomedical researcher, and a stay-at-home mom. While a SAHM, I had a cake business on the side and volunteered within the school system in various capacities. When I decided to go back to work part-time, I ended up as a page in the children's department at the public library, and the rest is history. Better late than never!

Elliot the Eurasion Eagle Owl
I do have cats and wear reading glasses, but only occasionally wear cardigans and never a bun. I can find Waldo, I would never let the Pigeon drive the bus, and I know who the monster is at the end of the book. I've never watched Dr. Who, or Downton Abbey, and I'm not a fan of The Walking Dead, but I am a Trekkie-by-marriage, loved The Big Bang Theory, and I could watch Matilda and The Wedding Singer over and over. I read all kinds of books in many genres (lately I've been drawn to historical fiction and biographies) and enjoy most of them, but unlike seemingly everyone else, I do not really have a favorite book or author.

In addition to my cats, I am (finally) an empty-nester with two grown kids, a son who just enlisted in the military, and a daughter who is a bona fide NASA rocket scientist and helicopter pilot. I started this blog as a creative outlet and to document and record the programs I've done and my developing skills back when I was just starting out in libraries, and the focus has changed and evolved along with my career to include all aspects of youth librarianship. Though I started it primarily as a creative outlet for myself, if I can get some feedback or inspire others along the way, so much the better!

I am open to and interested in professional opportunities and collaborations, such as research, writing, reviewing, presenting, training, teaching, committees, advisory boards, etc. You can contact me by email at AdventuresInStorytime@gmail.com, and check out some of my book reviews for middle-grade and up on Goodreads.

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