Miss Chris is the Youth Services Librarian at the Old Town Newhall Library. She grew up as an only child. Miss Chris loved to entertain herself as a kid by reading a lot of books. Reading is still one of her favorite activities! Some of her favorite adult books to read are: World War Z by Max Brooks, The Dragonriders of Pern (series) by McCaffrey, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Before Miss Chris became a librarian, she was a teacher. Please enjoy reading the following questions answered by our spotlight librarian Miss Chris!
Is there something you would like to share about yourself that most people do not know?
I can play a lot of different instruments. I was in orchestra and marching band in school and can play: violin, viola, cello, base, percussion, trumpet, French horn, baritone, trombone and tuba. I’m not very good with reeded instruments like clarinet, oboe or bassoon, and I’m not very good at flute either. I enjoy violin and trumpet the best, though.
What has been the most exciting experience you have had as a children’s librarian?
I think the most exciting aspects of being a children’s librarian are the everyday moments… watching a baby discover how to turn the pages of a book, hearing a preschooler read her first words, hearing about something exciting one of our library kids learned in school.
What inspired you to become a children’s librarian?
I really enjoy teaching children. I love watching them connect with books. I think my path to becoming a librarian was longer than most. I taught first. In college I double majored in elementary education and psychology, focusing on early childhood development. I then got my masters in special education. I taught for a while but I found classroom teaching too restrictive. I wanted to help children love learning, but traditional classroom instruction wasn’t always the best way to share a love of learning. I decided to go back to school. I decided to get another masters, this time in library and information sciences, with a certificate in Children’s and young adult programming.
Is it hard to become a librarian?
For me it was not hard to become a librarian but it was time consuming. It requires focus and drive to earn a master’s in library science or any field of study.
What do you like about working at the Old Town Newhall Library?
I love working at the Old Town Newhall Library because so many members of the community use the library. I enjoy seeing the children walk to the library after school. They take full advantage of our daily Homework Help and other afternoon programming. So many of my storytime children go through all my storytimes and continue coming to the library for programming once they’re older and in elementary school.
What do you like about storytimes?
Storytime is my absolute favorite aspect of being a children’s librarian. I love seeing children connect with books and I love teaching them to connect with literacy in so many fun ways. Miss Chris loves to read children’s books. Here are a few of her favorites: