So You Want to Be a Children’s Librarian…

“In library school, I wasn’t really sure what sort of librarian I wanted to be. I flirted with cataloging, contemplated academia, made googly-eyes at special collections, and dated teen services pretty seriously. But the one thing I was certain I didn’t want to be was a children’s librarian. “I don’t like to sing songs and I hate flannel boards,” I remember responding to the instructor in the one exclusively children’s class I took in library school. Children’s librarians were important and necessary, but not my tribe. I couldn’t imagine myself as one of them.”

Jenn Estepp is the Children’s Librarian at the Glendale Community Library, part of the Queens Library System. In this blog post, she shares her journey into this unexpected career as well as important tips for success. 

” …when a child clutches a book you gave them to their chest, rushes in for “more like this one” or actually does a little dance out the door, it’s pretty much the best thing ever.”

Thanks, Jenn, for being an awesome advocate for reading and children’s literature!

Get Ready for Pickle!

Here at iYouth, we like to feature author events, because we want you library students to go and meet local authors. Hopefully when you have a library of your own, you’ll invite them to come and do events and readings. So it’s important to start networking now. Plus authors are super friendly, and so are librarians!

Therefore we are thrilled to announce that local Seattle author Kim Baker is having a Book Launch and reading/signing party at Secret Garden Books in Ballard, on Tuesday, September 4, at 7pm. And you are all invited!

Here’s the link to more information at the local SCBWI* chapter’s blog. Kim’s middle-grade novel, Pickle, is a hilariously wonderful adventure, full of hijinks and pranks that will keep you entertained and wanting more. Read it, come to the signing, meet Kim, and eat a pickle or two!

*SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They’re an international organization, with local chapters all over, and the Western Washington chapter is quite well published and well known in the publishing and library industries. Lots of networking potential here!

A War on Library Storytimes? Can It Be?

“…it’s possible that a librarian or volunteer reading books to children at a public library without paying royalties would be a violation of copyright, unless the work were in the public domain. To be free from possible litigation, libraries would have to confine themselves to reading Alice in Wonderland and the Oz stories.” –The Annoyed Librarian, March 26, 2012.

Read the following stories then share your comments. We want to hear from you! Should library storytimes be considered public performances and thus be subject to royalty fees?