Meet our Featured Ninjas for June! Thank you for your help answering questions this month. And, Happy Summer Reading to all!
Hi there! My name is Lindsey and I am a 3rd generation librarian at a small public library in Kansas. My grandmother was the children’s librarian here for 15 years and my mom was a circulation librarian for 10. I started my job in November 2013 and have loved every minute of it. I specialize in the 3-5 age range, but my typical programs consist of PlayDate (ages birth-2), StoryTime (ages 3-5) and I am starting an art class for ages 3-8 in the fall. My biggest goal right now is trying to help our library get a new building. This requires a lot of extra programs, and I have learned a lot in these past few years about what works in my community and what sometimes doesn’t. Happy to be a ninja!
Nancy Messmore is a Children’s Services Librarian at Spike’s Place, the children’s department at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow, Ohio. She has worked in school and public libraries since 2005. In her current position, Nancy has planned storytimes for children from birth through 2nd grade as well as created programs for preschoolers through tweens; she also maintains the department’s Pinterest page. She shares responsibility for the teen volunteers and co-created a book discussion group for adults who read teen/young adult books. Connecting with caregivers and their babies and toddlers is Nancy’s forte but she also loves planning programs for tweens. Her storytime mascot is a golden gorilla puppet and nothing thrills her more than watching toddlers conduct their own storytimes with the mini version, which is available for play in the children’s room.
I’m Michelle Kilty. I have been in the kid’s library world for almost eight years. Recently, I started as Children’s Services Coordinator with the Aurora Public Library in Illinois. Before that I spent my career focusing on creating innovative programs and storytimes for youth. I am part of the Robot Test Kitchen (www.robottestktichen.com), exploring STEAM programs for all ages of kids. You can find me on twitter, @makeylibrarian.
Chrissie McGovern is the Children’s Librarian at the South River Public Library in South River, New Jersey. She has worked in public libraries for thirteen years providing programming for all ages but storytime is her favorite program! Chrissie believes in providing a positive library experience for each child that comes through the front door. She also likes to dress up in costume for programs- you may have seen pictures of her floating around of her dressed as the Super Librarian or standing between two toilets for a Captain Underpants program! If you’re not having fun doing what you’re doing in a program, the children won’t have fun either! Recently elected to the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) Board of Directors, summer reading is her favorite time of year. You can check out some of the programs she has done in the past on her blog: funbrarian.blogspot.com.