Thank you to our November ninjas for giving some amazing answers. Now it’s time to meet our delightful December ninjas!
Andrea is the Early Literacy Librarian at a small public library in beautiful northern Colorado, formerly a Literacy Americorps StoryTrain Outreach member at King County Library System, and formerly formerly a licensed veterinary technician in metro Detroit. She currently leads monthly STREAM-based programs for ages 0-5 and their grown-ups, in addition to her her multiple weekly storytimes for toddlers and pre-k. She is not in management, but she does train and evaluate the other storytellers in her library system, with whips and chains as needed. She recently earned her certification as a yoga instructor and is currently bringing that passion for movement to her already dance-filled storytimes. Talents include writing backwards and getting lost in the mountains.
Alyssa is the Head of Youth Services and Children’s Librarian at a library system in Central Indiana (you could actually say that the library is hers, but that’s another story). She has been with the library for 5 years, starting as a Circulation Clerk, and attained her current gig in December 2011. In addition to managing a staff of 6 AWESOME women and 1 (unmanageable) rabbit, she plans and executes programs for kids of all ages. These days, she primarily works with tweens but squeezes in the occasional preschool Storytime and elementary school visit. Alyssa will force her son to take a matching Summer Reading Program t-shirt picture with her for his entire life. You can find her blog at www.librarylyssa.com and follow her on Twitter, @LibraryLyssa.
Natalie is the Head of Young Adult & Youth Services Supervisor at the Farmingdale Public Library. She plans and runs programs from birth through 12th grade including movement programs, storytimes, after school programs, and teen programs. She supervises a staff of two full-time and three part-time librarians as well as the Youth Services Department pages. Natalie has been with Farmingdale since 1998.