As Britney mentioned in a previous post (here), there are several new faces at the Alvah N. Belding Library these days. I’m one of them. My name is Stefanie Reed, and I am the new Youth and Teen Librarian. So those of you who have kids or teens, or ARE kids or teens — you are likely to see me around a lot. I’ll be in the children’s area, giving story times and playing with Legos. And I’ll be in the teen section, coming up with crafts, brainstorming ideas for our new MakerSpace kits, or trying to resist the urge to check out every single new Young Adult novel that sounds awesome (which is most of them). Either way, I’m going to look really excited to be here.
I took the scenic route to becoming a librarian.
For a long time, I kept coming up with ideas that coincided with things I love but still didn’t quite fit. I wanted to be a teacher, but the classroom didn’t quite suit me. I majored in history, but only because I loved reading up on it. I wanted to write fiction (and still do), so I got my MFA in fiction writing, though it took me a while to find my voice. It was only after I finished that master’s degree, after I had a job writing training materials for software, that I had my “oh my gosh, why didn’t I think of this before?” moment. I then immediately enrolled in ANOTHER master’s program, this time in Library Science.
That’s when all the pieces clicked into place. I plugged away at the degree online, studying around my full time work schedule. I took courses on services and books for children and teens and thought, “Yes, this right here is my favorite thing.” Then at the end of my coursework, I spent a few months working in the teen department at my local library.
It was the coolest thing I had ever gotten to be a part of. I just knew I had made the right choice.
I am so excited to be the new librarian here, and about finding new ways to reach out to the infant through young adult patrons here, as well create new patrons out of as many Belding kids as possible. I’m looking forward to sharing my love of reading children’s, middle grade and YA books with the kids (and adults) of our community, as well as all the
other fun things we can enjoy together. This could include making whatever we can think of, from artwork to knitted scarves to robots. Or playing games, from Trivial Pursuit to Apples to Apples to Dungeons and Dragons. This could include any number of things that neither of us has thought of yet, but once we do… it’s going to be awesome, creative and fun for everyone. I’m excited to meet and get to know all of you. Please feel free to track me down with your program, club, or book ideas. I want to make this a children’s and teen space that belongs to all of us.
And in case you were wondering, here is a list of a few of my favorite children’s, middle grade and YA:
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Robot Zombie Frankenstein! By Annette Simon
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henke
The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Rules for Ghosting by A.J. Paquette
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Pretty much anything by Louis Sachar