I think the library is important to the community because it is a vital equalizer to all residents. Libraries allow us all to be lifetime learners. With a simple registration, members of our communities gain a passport to a wealth of history, knowledge, and resources. All people are welcome to avail themselves to the holdings of the library: books, entertainment sources, technology, instructional websites, and many valuable and educational opportunities.
I was inspired to become a member of the board because I was concerned too many people viewed our library as an "antiquated warehouse" of books. Comments have been shared with me that indicate there is no longer need for books and technology because "everyone has available technology so why do we need book?" The library opens so many doors and experiences to all members of our society. I felt it was essential to support our invaluable commodity of resources and opportunities.
My favorite way to use the library is to spend time in the Children's Library. I am a consultant to schools and a reading specialist. The Children's Section in our library allows me to browse a bountiful collection of books that are invaluable to the literary support I provide to schools and students. Handling and viewing a book is much more satisfying than reading a review online. AND by the way, our Children's Librarians are excellent resources.
My favorite book is Gift of the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg. I have read this book 20+ times. Each time, I find something new to enlighten my thoughts or sooth my soul. I also enjoy historical fiction and mysteries.
Interests/Hobbies: I love reading all kinds of books. I am particularly fond of picture books and Young Adult books as well as books that keep me apprised of changes in my profession. My husband and I enjoy traveling; we love experiencing new cultures and cannot wait to decide on our next destination.
Education/Degrees: BS in Education: Loyola University; MS ~ Reading Specialist: National-Louis University; Additional college hours as a Learning Disability Specialist: National-Louis University; School Librarian Endorsement: University of Idaho ~ online.
Profession: I have served as a Reading Specialist for 33 years and rode off in the sunset of my career as a middle-school teacher-librarian. I have been privileged to provide staff development/professional growth for teachers and have enjoyed a private practice as a tutor for students to improve their reading comprehension.
Family: My husband, Alan, and I have lived in this immediate area for nearly 30 years with several loveable rescue fur-babies.