My Librarian: Elizabeth Fitzgerald
When I was growing up, my family and friends swore that Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was based on me because my nose was always stuck in a book. Instead of a sheep eating a book, my dog did once, but let’s not get into that! Once I went to high school, everyone told me that I should be a librarian, and, eventually, I decided they were right. I SHOULD be a librarian! But what KIND of librarian?
Did I want to work in a museum and channel my inner Indiana Jones? Did I want to work in a school library and be like Ms. Frizzle, or wrangle teen vampire hunters like Mr. Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? After working in the National Gallery of Art’s library, I decided that I liked kids, and, since I really am a giant kid, I should be a YOUTH SERVICES Librarian! So, that’s what I do at the CRRL, my own childhood library! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?!?!
When I am not embracing my inner child at work, I am doing so at home, playing video games, watching far more TV than I should, and playing with my two crazy pit bulls
So, if you want a book to fit alongside your reading, gaming or viewing pleasures... challenge accepted!
Before having my daughter, I was on the fence about whether we would attempt to do sign language with her. I LOVE the look of ASL, but I wasn’t sure what the impact would be on her language development. Then I read that multiple studies have shown children who are signed to as babies have “larger vocabularies and stronger verbal language abilities later in life.*” Add that information to the fact that my aunt is an interpreter for American Sign Language, and my interest in ASL has grown exponentially over the last year.
"Oh, by the way... "
Those were always the words my parents dreaded hearing when my brother and I were growing up. Usually, because it meant that one, or both of us, forgot about an upcoming project. Luckily, for us and my parents, we usually remembered sooner rather than later—but sometimes we did push it kind of close.
It’s not uncommon for parents and kids to come rushing into the library the night before a project is due looking for information and inspiration—but have no fear! We have some amazing project books here at the library that can help out students in just this situation. My booklist by no means has every book that would help, but it features some of the lesser known ones. Now, without any further procrastination, check out my "So, I have this project..." booklist.
Last year, some library staff members, including myself, challenged others—and our customers—to complete the 2016 Read Harder book challenge from Book Riot. I’ve been trying to expand beyond the books I typically read within the children’s department (and outside of it), so that I will have a better base for recommending books. However, in May, we had our first child. So I did what I could, but a newborn really does eat up a lot of time and energy. Unsurprisingly, I did not read a book in every Book Riot category, although I read multiple books in some categories. Here are the books I read for Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge. If you are interested in seeing what books other staff members have read, check out our 2016 Reading Challenge Pinterest board here.
If you would like to participate in a reading challenge in 2017, look at our 2017 Reading Challenge Pinterest board, where we are featuring more than one reading challenge to try. Will I read for all of them? Will you? Let's make this a challenge accepted.