A new year just in time for our new batch of ninjas! The questions are great this month and I’m sure the answers will be even better.
Tracey started her career as a librarian in an academic library, but knew her heart was in working with the public. She has been with Baltimore County Public Library since 2001 and working with children has always been the best part of her job. Her current position as an Early Childhood Program Assistant allows her to focus exclusively on storytimes. Her weekly schedule includes programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Anita is am a semi-retired Librarian, with 34 years of experience in schools and in public libraries. She have been a Department Head, supervising support staff in a Public Library and a lone Teacher-Librarian in a School of 600 students, supervising speech and volunteer clubs. In her current position, She is an Outreach Librarian, visiting Preschools and Head Start classrooms with a little bit of Library Magic. They sing, play and visit new friends and places found in books while supporting early literacy development. In a typical month, she visits 44 classrooms with about 460 students. She enjoys adding ideas and sharing ways to increase the use of literature in education, from preschool on to college. She also helps to write blogs for her library, the Altoona Area Public Library, and post ideas and articles of interest to these sites.
Emily is a fresh, one-year-employed children’s librarian at a branch library in the Valley of the Sun (aka metropolitan Phoenix) where she manages the fun stuff like baby time, preschool storytime, grade-school kids programs, STEM programming, and the kids book club. Some programs she’s on her own (like preschool storytime) and some she splits with a coworker to conquer as a team (like baby time). While not in management, she also co-supervises her group of volunteer shelvers and volunteer Teen Tech experts. In addition to all that, she helps manage our social media presence and has a storytime/book review blog and Twitter handle (@literaryhoots). Also, she likes owls.