February is over already! Our February ninjas did a fabulous job but now it’s time for a few others to March into their places (see what I did there? heh heh). Let’s meet them!
I have been a children’s librarian for a couple of years. I worked part time at our library while finishing my MLIS and was fortunate to transition into the children’s department when I graduated. I was given Baby and Toddler story time and….it was terrifying at first but now I love it! Over the last year I have doubled my story times and created new programs~ Bagels with Buddies, Bedtime Stories, and Los Cuentos (Bilingual Story Time). I handle collection development for board books & picture books. When it comes to summer reading I have been managing our online system and transitioned us from paper forms to an totally online environment.
Outside of my library world, I have two sons who have told me “reading is not a sport” but truly, I love to read, gardening, and I’m learning to knit~ blankets or scarves are my only accomplishments. I am a native of Spain and love traveling and discovering the history behind new places.
I’m Karen Mills and I’m a Youth Services Librarian at Wright Memorial Public Library in Dayton, OH, where I’ve worked for almost 3 years. However, I started my library career as a shelver in high school, so I’ve worked in libraries on and off for almost 13 years (whoa, now I feel old!)! My library passions are Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Outreach visits, though I’ve also done programming for School-Agers and Tweens. I can’t do a storytime without using a song by Jim Gill, and I totally geeked out when I got to meet him at a concert last November! I may have had more fun at the concert than a lot of the kids! Find me at my blog: https://
Polly recently kicked off her seventh year as a children’s librarian, a career which started at two and a half branches of DC Public Library, and is now happening at Aurora Public Library in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. Chaotic programs for ages 4-8 and outreach are her favourite things about Children’s Services, but other than collecting stats, she thinks the whole job is kind of a dream come true! Her current primary story time responsibility is Tales for Twos (and filling in for everyone else when necessary), but she’s done lots of story times, huge (400 people) and tiny (4) for all ages. She currently supervises (but does not manage) a staff of three children’s library assistants, selects most of the children’s collection, oversees all the programming, and does a great deal of the children’s outreach. She loves puppets, and does puppet programs as Polly and her Puppet Friends at the library. She blogs when she can at https://damerosehay.wordpress.