Ask a Storytime Ninja: Featured Ninjas for October

Huge thanks to our September Ninjas for their stellar responses last month. Now we welcome a new batch of Ninjas for October.

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Meet Lisa:


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Lisa Dengerink currently works at Denver Public Library as a early literacy librarian.  She oversees the training and observation of over 60 storytime providers at the 25 branches in Denver.  She also provides storytime in early childhood classrooms.  She is the current communications chair of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) where most of her social networking is funneled. Her expertise spans all manners of storytime from the nitty gritty of “the kids keep petting my legs” to dealing with a supervisor who does not approve of storytime.


Social stuff that is actually for CLEL:
Twitter: @clelorg
Facebook: ColoradoLibrariesforEarlyLiteracy


Meet Monica: 


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Hi – I’m Monica Stratton, the children’s facilitator at  Ramsey County Library (suburban St. Paul). I’ve been an active children’s librarian for over 16 years (wow …) and serve kids from infancy through Jr. High. Things I am especially passionate about are music and theater, arts, and engaging with tweens.


I am the “facilitator” at my library which is a fancy way of saying that I have upper level duties (budget, decision making, program planning) without the pay. I also do not directly supervise any staff. My job consists of programs, selection, budgeting, outreach, program planning and overseeing service to children across my library system.


I keep up a storytime blog at :
My twitter handle is @moni_lou


Meet Katya:



Katya Schapiro is a children’s librarian at the Bay Ridge branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. She has been wrangling books and stories and puppets and kids for many years as a teaching artist, book club curator, and playwright/performer. She offers a minimum of five storytimes a week for children under five and their caregivers, as well as outreach storytimes. She also plans her branch’s programming for kids of all ages. While not above lobbing the occasional Vonnegut joke over the babies’ heads, she’s devoted to early literacy as a fun, free, delightful, loud, messy, whole-body experience delivered in age-appropriate doses.


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