Prairie Heights Elementary, Part 4

“I want to hear about Jordy. How did she come to be in the library?” “So, our school district has therapy dogs in every building. Teachers use them if a kid is having a bad day or as a reward. If kids get so many smiley faces or good tickets, then they get to hang…

Prairie Heights Elementary, Part 3

“I wish more staff members understood what a teacher librarian could do for them and for their students. I think that is a wish of most teacher librarians. Unfortunately, a lot of teachers and administrators don’t realize the partners we can be in helping students reach their educational goals and the resource we can be…

Prairie Heights Elementary, Part 2

“I would love for the library to be the place that students want to come and read or just relax. I would like it to be more of the center for our building. For some reason, most of the kids think of the library as a place to check out and return books, not a…

Prairie Heights Elementary, Part 1

“I’ve always had a passion for those kids who say, ‘I can’t find anything to read, I don’t like reading.’ I take that as a challenge – ‘Oh, I’m going to find you something.’ I want to find that kid that book, that one book that makes them say, ‘Oh! Maybe I do like reading.’…

Washington Public Library, Part 5

“Librarianship is about listening to the community and then acting. We could do programs until we’re blue in the face, and people might come, but it wouldn’t necessarily change any lives. And that’s what I feel libraries are supposed to do: we’re supposed to change lives for the better. I believe we can do that….

Washington Public Library, Part 4

  “This year, we’re actually doing the program in the park. In April, they did a clothesline project for Sexual Awareness month, where people decorated T-shirts and hung them all over the park. That was very powerful – the park was full of T-shirts. We were talking about doing that for this program, but we…

Washington Public Library, Part 3

“This is a really great set-up for a library, being right on the town square. You are literally in the heart of the city.” “Yes, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We’re here, so how are we going to help? Two years ago, we started the Healthy Relationships Summit in honor of National Domestic…

Washington Public Library, Part 2

“Our library is incredibly lucky to have a grand piano. In the old library, we used to have some music programs, and there was a local music teacher who loved those events. She thought the library was a perfect environment for music. So she floated the idea to the previous director: ‘What would you think…

Washington Public Library, Part 1

“How did you get into librarianship?” “As crazy as this sounds, I actually decided I wanted to be a librarian while taking part in a vision quest in Denali Park, Alaska. I had fasted for three days and was meditating by the Nenana River when I suddenly had an image of myself sitting in a…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 5

“It’s really just providing the tools for people to learn with, you know? We provide books that have information and knowledge in them, but we’re not going to read them to you. A 3D printer is kind of the same way – it’s a tool that you’ll be able to use to either expand your…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 4

“How do you envision the 3D printer being used at the library?” “Our library is smaller, so the 3D printer -” “Wait. Did you make a Yoda head?” “Yes, we did! Here – you can hold it if you want. So, because we’re a smaller library, I don’t think our 3D printer will be as…

Clarinda Lied Public Library, Part 3

“We’ve been fortunate here in Clarinda that we’ve been able to get a fair amount of grants and outside funding to provide new pieces of technology. But, part of it is that I’m passionate about it, and I try to communicate that to the community and potential donors so they understand why we need tablets…