Hi, my name is Lauren! I’m a youth services librarian at a large regional public library where I plan and present preschool and family storytimes, which I model after the pre-reading practices from the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. I also help children discover amazing books to read! My favorite part of my job is making the library a fun and welcoming place, and getting kids hooked on books! I can honestly say it is never boring! I also enjoy conducting various training sessions for new staff, such as storytime, merchandising, and youth readers’ advisory. I received my Master of Library and Information Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. From 2009-2012, I worked as a lower school librarian at a private school where I taught weekly library enrichment classes for students in Pre-K through 4th grade, served on the Lower School Language Arts Curriculum committee, and instructed second grade students in small reading groups each week. In the summer of 2012, I attended seven sessions of the Reading Comprehension Institute, which included topics on teaching various comprehension strategies, such as inferring, creating mental images, questioning, and determining importance in nonfiction. I then completed the Augustine Literacy Project (augustineproject.org) tutor training program, where I received classroom and practicum training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and Wilson Reading System before becoming a private reading and spelling tutor. Currently, it is my third year serving on the North Carolina Children’s Book Award committee, as well as managing the program’s Twitter page. I recently became a School Library Journal picture book reviewer. It’s so much fun receiving my assignments in the mail, and it’s definitely challenging my writing skills! I love sharing storytime ideas and new books with you every month on Storytime Out Loud, and connecting with all you rockin’ librarians!
Meet Christy. Youth Services Librarian. Storytime obsessed. Loves all things musical theatre. For the last 10 years I have been presenting children’s library programming for babies to teens. Throughout that time I have discovered my absolute love of storytime. With a background in musical theatre, storytime is a natural blend of these two loves. My first role with children was as a dance instructor for preschoolers and school aged children. I have been working with children for the last 25 years, including many student productions of musical theatre as assistant director and choreographer.I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children (IAC) in 2006 where I studied Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and how children learn in a variety of ways. The program mainly focused on how when the arts are paired with teaching core concepts and subjects, students are better engaged and more likely to have a better understanding of the material and subject matter, much like storytime. After that I went on to NCCU to receive my Masters of Library Science (MLS) with a focus on Youth Services. In 2008 I started working for Wake County Public Libraries in North Carolina and have been programming for children ever since. As part of my time in Wake County, I have been able to be a part of a massive restructuring of the Program of Services to Teens and Young Children. I was also part of a select group to be working alongside PNC Bank as part of a grant to present financial basics through storytime to preschoolers. As a result I presented a webinar with NoveList’s LibraryAware called Financial Literacy for Preschoolers. More recently I have been on the training panel of a new course called Storytime 101: an in-house storytime basics training for all new hires within Wake County as well as a new pilot program targeting new babies and parents and introducing them to the library and Baby Storytimes. I am very excited about Storytime Out Loud and the potential to reach and help as many people as possible gather ideas and plan storytime programs for young children.