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Ask the Librarian: Stephanie Loiselle

Name of Library (and website if it has one): 
Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library in Wilton, NH

What kind of librarian are you? Youth services librarian for ages 0-18. I work full time, and have one 10 hour a week assistant

How long have you been a librarian? I’ve worked in libraries for about 12 years, but have been a professional librarian for 3.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I love books, obviously. But more important to me is the ability to educate, support, and provide kids with a safe space to grow and explore. Its also is also a bit of a family thing, as my mom and both of my sisters are librarians as well!

How do you pick books for your library? A variety of ways. I look at what is being checked out by kids, and live getting recommendations. I also look at what school projects there are. Other than that, professional journals like School Library Journal and Horn Book are great resources, as well as the award nominees for state and local awards. I also look for things that are different and unique in some way and of really good quality.

Do you have a favorite author? Not consistently, it changes depending on my mood and season, etc. I really love Louise Erdrich, Rainbow Rowell, and Jandy Nelson at the moment.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?  By asking a lot of questions! About things they are interested in, other books they liked and why, and what things they don’t like. It’s a pretty small town, so for a lot of kids I’m pretty familiar with what they like to read.

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Dear Librarians….


Today is the first Saturday of 2017. I usually would post an interview with a librarian but I don’t have any! I need more librarians to talk to!

I would be happy to talk to any kind of librarians – current, retired, soon-to-be,school librarians, research librarians, school reading teachers….. pretty much anyone who helps kids read! Librarian posts are my most read posts – that means people want to hear from librarians more than authors.

If you want to be interviewed or know someone, let me know. My email is bridgetandthebooks AT .


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Ask the librarian: Leslie Minor

My name is Leslie Minor and I am a children’s librarian at Everett Public Library in Everett, Washington.  The library website is
I graduated from the library school at the University of Washington in 1982!  I wanted to be a librarian because I love books and people and like to get them together.  My first job was at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs (Oceanography) on San Juan Island.  It was great fun!  Our books came by seaplane from Seattle!
I purchase the picture books, easy readers, board books and children’s music for my library.  We order through baker and Taylor and I read reviews and spend about 44,000 dollars per year on these books.  About half of the money goes to replacing all of the wonderful library ‘basics’ (because when children’s books are checked out, they are read about a dozen times while adult books are typically read only once, so condition is usually the issue for ‘weeding’ a children’s book) and the other half goes to new books.
It’s hard to pick a favorite author, but I love Julia Donaldson and Rosemary Wells, and Jane Cabrera, oh and also Jan Thomas and Mo Willems!
I usually ask a kid what s/he has enjoyed reading lately and go from there.  We have bookmarks with selected books for each grade, and it’s always fun to check out the new book shelf.  There’s also the five finger rule.  You count the words you don’t know on a page and if you don’t know one, that book is too easy.  If you don’t know two or three, that book is just right.  If you don’t know four or five, that book may be too much of a challenge for you.
I don’t have a picture of myself but have included one of my dog, Pearl, and one of my two little grand daughters, Elena and Alice
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Ask a librarian: Adryana (Ana) Billotti

Cool hair!

Name of Library: The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library.

What kind of librarian are you? I’m a Children’s Librarian at our Central Library. I work with upper elementary and middle school aged children. I do STEM, Coding, and Tech programs. I, also, am in charge of planning our library system’s Summer Reading Club.

How long have you been a librarian? I have been a Children’s Librarian for over a year now, but I have been working in libraries for six years.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? My elementary school librarian! One day in fourth grade, she had my class break into groups to do a scavenger hunt through the library. For whatever reason, I was able to find everything very quickly and easily. One of my classmates asked me how I knew where everything was. I told him I didn’t know, the library just made sense to me. From fourth grade to now, I have never dreamed about being anything else.

How do you pick books for your library? That’s actually not too much a part of my job; my boss handles most of that process! However, I know he reads a lot of book review magazines and he is always open to taking suggestions from our patrons and other librarians. If you ever really want a book, just ask your librarian to try their hardest to get it for you!

Do you have a favorite author? I love Kate DiCamillo (mostly because she wrote a book about a squirrel, and I am more than slightly obsessed with squirrels). I, also, think Gordan Korman is hysterical.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I really let the child tell me what they want. I do have some go to authors, but I just ask the child a few questions, and then pull several books for them to look through. I always let the child make the final choice!

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Ask the Librarian: Aimee Gangai

Hey, that is Matt de la Pena!

Name of Library Handley Regional Library

What kind of librarian are you? Youth Services Librarian

How long have you been a librarian? I got my MLS in 2004

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I worked at my college library as part of my work study program and just fell in love with the job

How do you pick books for your library? I offer suggestions to the librarian who orders the books

Do you have a favorite author? So many! I like anything by Gary Paulsen and Andrew Clements, Mo Willems and Jan Brett and I could go on and on…

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I try to ask them what they like and try to get a feel for each child and what their interests are.

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Ask the librarian: Dana Guisti

Name of Library: Fishtown Community Library (a branch library in the Free Library of Philadelphia system)
What kind of librarian are you?I am a Children’s Librarian, which means I get to share and encourage a love of reading with children!

How long have you been a librarian?
I have been a librarian for two years now. I have worked at the Fishtown Library for a year and a half.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian?
I had been interested in becoming a teacher, but found my true passion was focused on literacy. I love that I can share great stories with kids during storytime, encourage their creativity through crafting, and have fun during themed programs, such as celebrating Star Wars Day! There is nothing better than hearing a parent say their child loves visiting the library and picking out new books to read together.

How do you pick books for your library?
I don’t order all of the books we receive; however, I do get to choose a fair amount. I get ideas by listening to what parents and children ask for, or when I see books that are similar to titles that are checked out often. Sometimes I fall in love with a particular book and decide to add it to our collection for everyone to enjoy!

Do you have a favorite author?
When it comes to children’s literature, I am always quick to recommend anything by Mo Willems, Greg Pizzoli, or Beverly Cleary. Personally, I love J.K. Rowling and Liane Moriarty.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid?
I usually ask what sort of subject they’re interested in reading about, or what sort of tone–funny, adventurous, etc. I then ask what sort of books they already enjoy; that is usually a helpful guide to finding a new book for them to enjoy!

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Ask the librarian: Denise Lyles


My name is Denise Lyles, and I am currently a Children’s Librarian at the
Larchmont Public Library, in Larchmont, NY. Larchmont is in Westchester County which is north of New York City).  The Larchmont library is part of the Westchester Library System, which consist of 38 libraries.

How long have you been a librarian? I have been a librarian since 2008, and I love it. I started out as a Librarian Trainee, while attending Library school. I worked at the New York Public Library. I stayed with them for 5 years, an excellent institution. Librarianship is my second career before Library school I worked for Barnes and Noble Booksellers in the NY buying office for 13 years.

How did you decide to be a librarian? My doctor suggested library school to me. He knew someone who was a librarian and thought it was a good job for me. I applied to library school and was accepted and attended Queens College Library School in Queens NY.

How do you choose the books for your library? I choose books based on reviews in library magazines and newspapers and authors I am familiar with. I love picture books and they are one of the more popular books so I am purchasing them often.

What was is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author? My favorite book as a child, I have two, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte’s Web. Both of which are movies but the books were better.
My favorite author is Langston Hughes, who is actually more famous for his poetry.

How do you pick a book for a specific kid? I decide what books to recommend to kids based on the last book they have read, and I usually ask them what they are interested in. Sometimes the kids think their interests are strange and or weird but most times there are books about what it is. This usually makes them very happy.

What I like most about my job is story time, I love to act silly and do different voices when I read and make the kids laugh. It brightens my day. Sometimes I get high fives an occasional hug.