Miss Shelley grew up in Chicago and Western Springs. She's always been the one walking around with her nose in a book! Her favorite books growing up were Anne of Green Gables, Betsy-Tacy, everything by E.L. Konigsburg and the American Girl books. She has even collected most of the historical dolls. These days, she still enjoys historical fiction, plus graphic novels like Amelia Rules and science fiction and fantasy like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. When she's not reading, Miss Shelley is usually writing stories or knitting. She loves to hear what kids are reading, so stop by and let her know what you like, too.

What I do at the library: My focus is on family learning, so I'm in charge of educational programming like storytimes and parent workshops as well as literacy supports. My favorite projects I've done lately are the Discovery Kits and new American Girl Doll collection. I love hearing the stories kids tell me about how they play and learn with them at home.

How I turn outward in my everyday work: I use every opportunity to talk with our patrons and the community, so we can make sure that we're best serving them, their needs, and their goals.

My favorite "hidden library gem": School, daycare, and scouting groups can ask for tours that include our sorting room—adults and kids alike love to see the machine in action! Scouting dads usually ask even more questions than the Scouts. Also, if you are a geocacher, I once found something very cool here.

My favorite thing about Oak Park: The history! I go walking on my lunch break several days a week, and love finding the oldest houses and imagining what it was like here in the past. Did you know there's a 200+-year-old tree on Kenilworth by Chicago?

What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: I'm reading Shannon Stacey's latest Kowalski Family romance, listening to the Book of Mormon soundtrack before I see it this spring, and am very enthusiastically watching Marvel's Agent Carter, which combines several of my favorite things.

(January 2015)

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