Ask the librarian: Ami Jones

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Name of Library: Alamogordo Public Library

What kind of librarian are you? Youth Services, which means I do everything for newborns on up to college kids.

How long have you been a librarian? About ten years now.

What led you to wanting to be a librarian? I was a public school teacher for ten years, and while I loved my students, I was getting frustrated by all the things that keep teachers from actually being able to teach these days. When this position opened, I jumped at it. Now I get to do all my favorite parts of teaching!

How do you pick books for your library? I look at several blogs every day, I go through catalogs, and I continually evaluate my collection to see what is out of date, or what is popular and need to be expanded. I also keep a book request box with easy forms on my desk, so kids can tell me what they want to see more of – those go to the top of the ordering pile!

Do you have a favorite author? Sooooo many now, but when I was growing up it was Madeleine L’Engle and Bruce Coville.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? If they are new to me, I ask them what they have read recently that they really liked, and go from there. I feel really good when I know a child well enough that, when a book comes in, I immediately think, “so and so would love this!”

2 thoughts on “Ask the librarian: Ami Jones”

  1. This is Ami’s mom! First I must say I love what you are doing here. Too often adults think they know what young people like and it’s refreshing and important to see reviews by someone like yourself. Ami began reading at a very early age and I remember a lot of “Ami get your nose out of that book and come eat dinner” etc. at our house. And now look where she is – working at a job she loves. I see great things in your future, too.

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