Name: Kristin Church
Name of Library: Blair Memorial Library – www.clawson.lib.mi.us
What kind of librarian are you? I am the Youth Services Librarian – which means that I help babies, toddlers, big kids, teens, and their families.
How long have you been a librarian? I have been a librarian for 11 years.
What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I decided to be a Youth Services Librarian because I wanted to put my love of children’s and teen literature plus my tech and research skills to use all at once. I used to be a teacher, but I truly LOVE my job as a librarian. Best. Decision. Ever.
How do you pick books for your library? I have to think about a lot of different things when I am picking out books, such as: what is popular? what are kids/teachers asking for – for school projects? which books are getting a lot of buzz (meaning everyone thinks it is a really awesome new book)? are there any books that need to be replaced (because they have been checked out a million times and they are starting to look shabby)? are there any books that need to be replaced because the information is outdated? So, I read a lot of reviews in magazines & online, I talk to kids and families, I visit book stores to browse, and I talk to other librarians!
Do you have a favorite author? Just one? Hmmm. If I have to pick just one, I’d probably say Eric Carle. I love his stories and his illustrations so much! I even decorated my son’s nursery with Eric Carle’s artwork. Did you know that he has a picture book museum (http://www.carlemuseum.org/). It is on my bucket list to visit – it looks so amazing!
How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I try to interview them a little bit to find out what they like … what their interests are & what other books they have enjoyed. Do they like to laugh? Are they a sports fanatic? Fiction or non-fiction? Sometimes it’s pretty easy and other times it is a bit harder.