Miss Anne grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she first fell in love with cheese. Her favorite cheesy foods include pizza, mac ’n cheese, and enchiladas. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, for college, which wasn't that confusing since Lake Michigan is still to the east. With her bearings intact, she became a librarian online through the University of Wisconsin-Madison ("Go Badgers!") while working at the Oak Park Public Library as an assistant. Later, she returned as a librarian. She is an e-enthusiast, so chat with her about the latest apps and creative technologies. Her favorite hobby is hiking; one of her goals is to see as many national parks as she can (so far she has seen 11)! Her favorite books are the ones that make you laugh out loud. For example, one of her favorite childhood books was The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.
What I do at the library: I engage parents and children in learning and play through digital tools and resources. Not that long ago, I launched my first digital storytime, called DigiTales, for 2- to 6-year-olds.
How I turn outward in my everyday work: I enjoy sticking around after library programs to get to know library patrons and find out about their interests. Every day, I make sure to ask kids how they are doing, especially after school, so they know that I am there for them.
My favorite "hidden library gem": Well, it won’t be “hidden" for long. We recently joined eRead Illinois, and that means access to more ebooks. Woo-hoo!
Something I love about Oak Park: How incredibly involved and caring this community is! For instance, we partner with the Neighborhood Giving Project, which finds ways to inspire children to be better citizens.
What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: The ALA Youth Media Awards were just announced, and I put a couple of the winners on hold: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.
My favorite music right now is the Into the Woods soundtrack, which I listen to through hoopla, and George Ezra’s album Wanted on Voyage, particularly the songs “Budapest” and “Blame It on Me.”
I am watching the current season of Downtown Abbey, and I am looking forward to Sherlock’s return.
(February 6, 2015)