Who is - Part 2 of the Youth Services Trilogy
My little sister likes to tell people that when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a princess - specifically,
Xena, Warrior Princess. I wanted to be a princess; the kind of princess who has excellent adventures and saves the day, but also has really awesome clothes. Which, I mean, who wouldn't? So I love books about princesses (you better believe I love Merida, Rapunzel and Mulan oh so very much!).
My favorite princess book is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, which is about a princess who decides she doesn't want to marry a boring prince, instead she wants to go off and have adventures. So she does. I also like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, which is about a school where girls can learn to be princesses. I also love all of Tamora Pierce's books, some of which have princesses and others that have girls who want to become knights and have adventures (which is basically the next best thing to being a princess if you ask me).
When I was a teenager, I fell in love with graphic novels. I love superheroes (Captain Marvel is my favorite! I also like Ms. Marvel and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), but I also love a lot of the stories about the daily life of kids, like Sisters by Raina Telgemeier or Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (2018 Rebecca Caudill nominee by the way). The last few years, I have really enjoyed reading books by Terry Pratchett and the new retellings of fairy tales.
When I'm not reading, though, I am usually at the Roselle area schools, daycares, or park districts doing Outreach programs. That means I go to schools and tell students and teachers about the programs we have going on at the library, help schools to find books they need for their students, do storytimes and presentations, and much more! One of my favorite things to do other than read is to talk about libraries and library services, so this is a really cool opportunity for me to let people know what we do here. I also like to visit other libraries to see what kind of programs and displays they have to see if there's anything I should be doing at the Roselle Public Library.
In my free time, I like to knit and I am trying to learn to garden. I have been reading lots of different gardening tips and am trying to grow a bunch of food in my backyard this Spring! One day I would like to grow my own strawberries and then make them into strawberry jam. I am a pretty good cook, but I want to get even better, so I also spend a lot of time thinking about food and cooking. I also have two cats who think I spend way too much time reading and cooking and not nearly enough time petting them.
If you catch me at the desk in Youth Services, feel free to say hi! If not, maybe I will see you at an Outreach visit. Either way, I am super excited to help people find the materials they need!
Miss Stephanie (or you can call me Princess Stephanie)
I have always loved books! As a child, I remember my mom taking me to the library for storytimes and then getting to check out books. I would ask her to read to me constantly, but with two younger siblings, she didn't always have the time. So I learned how to read in Kindergarten so that I could read books anytime I wanted. Curious George was my favorite series. As a tween, I would ride my red Huffy bike up to the library, fill my backpack up with books, and then ride home - only to return a few days later. Back then I loved to read mysteries (loved Agatha Christie) and biographies. Kids are so lucky today to have the Who is/was series!
When I saw the job opening in Youth Services four years ago, I was so excited. You see I am a teacher during the day (guess what I teach - you're right if you guessed teaching kids how to read) and I thought how cool would it be to be able to work in a library too! These are both dream jobs in my world because I am surrounded by BOOKS EVERY DAY!! I love my jobs because I get to match children to good fit books. Maybe you have seen me running, uh I mean walking up the aisles showing kids great titles that they just have to read! A really great part of my job is getting to read new books and then writing blogs about them. I read so many middle school and young adult books that are just so fantastic! My favorites right now are the inventive retellings of the fairy tales. Liesel Shurtliff, Chris Colfer, Michael Buckley, and Megan Morrison write some great series featuring popular fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Jack (from beanstalk fame) and many more. Some of my all time favorites novels are Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (love Gary's books), Holes by Louis Sachar, Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Recently I've gotten into science fiction too (which used to be my least favorite genre), but The Giver by Lois Lawry, Masterminds by Gordon Korman (2017 Rebecca Caudill nominee), and the Maze Runner series by James Dashner have now got me hooked.
Part of my job is to host programs for children. Books and Popcorn is one of my favorites because I get to sit around discussing a pre-selected book and eat popcorn while doing it! Then we usually do some kind of fun project, experiment or game. Another great program is Kreative Kids. Children in grades K-2 come and join me for a storytime where science and art are incorporated into the program. It is so much fun!
I'm a pretty busy person when I'm not at the library. I enjoy walking my two dogs, exercising when I have time, and spending time with my two children and husband. I also like learning a lot, so I take classes when I am able. I think it's fun to learn about new things.
So the next time you are at the library, come and visit me in the Youth Services Department. I will be happy to take you on a tour and discuss our favorite books together. Thanks for reading!
Wandering in the stacks,