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!
Now that I have a young child, I’ve become more aware of how short her attention span is. I know that I can have one, maybe two short books in a row before her attention wanders away, and she wants to do something else (which also explains why we love songs and playing so much in our Grow a Reader classes). Since making this discovery, I’ve been on the hunt for some books that are short and colorful that she’ll enjoy and ones I’m enthusiastic about reading to her. So, I’ve gathered together a list of shorter picture books that make her giggle, coo, and generally pay attention.
“I cannot live without books.” —Thomas Jefferson
There are a few things people may not know about librarians, or at least this librarian. And that is that I LOVE research. Seriously. So when I found out I was expecting a bundle of joy, I did exactly that. I wanted to know what to expect and how to handle any situation that came up (yes, that was naive of me, I know). But by doing this I discovered some amazing books about pregnancy, infants, and things to do with your bundles of joy once they arrive. There are so many pregnancy books out there that it can be a tad overwhelming, so here are my favorite books about pregnancy and beyond, and I hope that they help you as much as they helped me . . . or will help me in the future.