Thinking on Children’s Services

Waking up this morning, I had one of the many ‘morning songs’ I know stuck in my head. How can you not get energized starting out with this number:

(Thanks to King County Library for their AMAZING YouTube channel of resources!)

I was reminded of a recent experience I had utilizing this for filler while working in a primary classroom with many language learners. Children love song and rhythm, and we had a great time choosing different animals and noises. We had a request for owls, and I wondered if they would notice the difference in their sleeping habits. When we were finished, a student said, “But owls don’t get up in the morning!” Right you are! And we sang it the correct way for owls – “in the evening.”

These episodes of engagement, discovery, and critical thinking are what we strive for with our services as educators and library professionals. An integral role of public libraries is to provide opportunities for education and to foster life-long learning within our communities. Children’s library services are a significant approach we use to accomplish these important goals.

Public libraries play an essential role in improving and supporting childhood literacy skills. We expose children and their caregivers to a variety of print, audio visual, and digital resources. Our creative programs and engaging resources make a difference in the literacy learning and critical thinking of children.

Preschool programs foster positive early learning environments for young children and help them develop important skills to get them school-ready prior to entering kindergarten. We model literacy techniques and provide support for caregivers they can use outside of the library. Our positive engagement with caregivers to spend time in their children’s literacy development leads to greater future reading achievements.

Children’s library services create imaginative access points to materials and model methods to engage with information resources for this important community of users. The meaningful language opportunities children are provided in story times and other library programs are crucial to supporting their learning achievements.

Summer reading programs are a significant way public libraries fulfill a need while school is adjourned for the summer. These programs provide children with incentives to continue the practice of reading during the school break when reading skills often fall into decline.

We help children to explore the depth of their interests and the world while providing opportunities for discovery and learning in other arenas. Children’s library services facilitates these important educational opportunities and fosters the growth of these children into life-long learners within our communities.

I love my work ❤


Surprise! Peace Corps Recruiting Photo


You can see the picture of me and my awesome 8B class under “Teaching English in Ukraine”.

Just perusing my social media feed, minding my own business, when what do I spy? A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who also served in Ukraine posted a link to Peace Corps’ Fall 2013 volunteer opportunities, and it is using a photo of me and my awesome 8B class!

The photo was taken during a special lesson. I was chosen from my region’s volunteers to give a demonstration lesson with my counterpart during Deputy Director of Peace Corps’ Carrie Hessler-Radelet’s visit to Ukraine.

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Extending Our Reach


Screen caption of me on the left listening to a fellow volunteer during our outreach day at Straley House.

I attended “Librarian Outreach to the Homeless in Seattle: Midwinter Day of Caring” at this year’s American Libraries Association Midwinter Meeting – just a hop, skip, and jump from where I live in Northern California. It was exciting not only to see first-hand one of the organizations engaging with homeless persons in Seattle but to personally contribute a little bit to the awesome work they do!

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