Before I let you meet a bonus Super Librarian today, I have a request for all the authors and illustrators (and famous people). I started a new school this week. I would like to do something cool for my school and classmates. Would my author and illustrator friends & readers please, pretty please, send notes to my school encouraging my classmates to read? If you would like to, please email us at bridgetandthebooks at gmail.com and my assistant (aka Mom) will share my school address with you.
And now Meet Deni Buendorf
What kind of librarian are you? Children’s Librarian
How long have you been a librarian? Since May 9, 2013
What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I had a fantastic librarian when I was in elementary school, Mr. Kemmer. I loved it when he would read aloud to my class because he was able to books come to life in a way that I had never experienced before. He was also the smartest person I knew because he could always find the answer to anything that we asked him. I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.
How do you pick books for your library? Lots of ways. I read several review journals, like Horn and School Library Journal and VOYA. I also read blogs and check bestseller lists. Most importantly, I pay attention to what children and youth are looking for, what is getting checked out the most, and I try to keep up with what is currently popular. My nieces and nephews keep me well informed as do all of my library friends. I take recommendations very seriously. And I also read a lot of children’s books and juvenile fiction of course.
Do you have a favorite author? Just one?! Okay fine, Beverly Cleary. Nope, I can’t do it. I also adore Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Mo Willems, and Ann M. Martin.
How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I talk to the kid and find out what they like to do, what they want to learn more about, the places they’d like to go, the foods they’d like to eat, the sports they like to play, what their favorite animals are, and what they want to be when they grow up. Knowing these things makes it a lot easier to help a kid find the book that is just the right one for them.