I’m pleased to introduce our featured ninjas for April. They are experienced and fresh, baby whispering, STEM loving, fashionistas. Read all about them!
I’m a fresh, fifteen-month-employed children’s librarian at a branch library in suburban Phoenix where I manage the fun stuff like baby time, preschool storytime, grade-school kids’ programs, STEM programming, and the tween book club. Some programs I’m on my own (like preschool storytime) and some I split with a coworker to conquer as a team (like baby time). While not in management, I co-supervise our group of volunteer shelvers and volunteer Teen Tech experts. In addition to all that, I help manage our social media presence and have a storytime/book review blog (http://www.literaryhoots.com) and Twitter handle (@literaryhoots). Also, I like owls.
I have been a public children’s librarian in NYC since 2008. I’m Director-at-Large of ALA’s GLBT Round Table and a proud former member of the Rainbow Book Project Committee. I am one of the administrators of seriously awesome Librarian Wardrobe. I blog over at The Magpie Librarian.
I’m Melissa Depper and I’ve been a children’s librarian for almost 20 (!) years and have been at the Arapahoe Library District in Colorado since 2003. Last year I became a supervisor for the first time to our newly-created Early Literacy Specialists team, a job which is really keeping me on my toes! I still have my Monday morning baby storytimes, though, which means I start every week with the best reminder ever about why I love what I do. I am always up for reading more about early literacy and early learning, and my favorite challenge is to try to translate what I learn into strategies for even better storytimes. I am dusting off my blog at Mel’s Desk after a slow year and am pretty much always on Twitter @MelissaZD!