My name is Jennifer, and I am your librarian of spark and spirit! Just call me your cheerleader of books, libraries, reading, learning, knowledge and fun! I really love working with people, and I especially love working with youth. If I could be one positive aspect in a young person’s life, that makes my job as a librarian completely worthwhile. I bring passion and talent to the library world. My goal is to be a librarian that breaks the stereotypes and wears insensible shoes!
I am a Youth Services Librarian in the Chicago suburbs. I am a member of the Illinois Library Association (ILA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). I’ve participated on two committees of the NMRT roundtable at ALA and regularly attend local networking groups’ meetings. I was appointed to the 2014-2016 IREAD Committee for the Illinois Library Association and post what I can about that committee work.
I love to read, of course, and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to read…My mom says I started reading at 3 years old and haven’t stopped since. Books and literature are my passions and I have a house full of piles and piles of books. I am a booknerd.
Most of the books I read become favorites, but I really love Hemingway, Shakespeare, Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner, Gone With the Wind, Anna Karenina and any kind of Brit Lit and poetry I can get my hands on. I tend to go for Literary Fiction and some Nonfiction.
I have worked incredibly hard to get where I am in my career, which has allowed me to discover and live my passion.
In my past career life, I was a marketing and communications professional which I found to be exciting, fun and creative. I was allowed to throw huge events, write press releases, manage websites and social media, and create newsletters and brochures (among many other tasks) for a living.
I am an MLIS graduate from Dominican University.
My first ‘real’ librarianship job was first, as an intern, and then a Library Associate at the renowned Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL. During my time there, I created a blog called, “Ready Set Read” for the early literacy center at the Gail Borden Public Library as part of their Every Child Ready to Read efforts. I regularly wrote and maintained the blog. I was featured by the youth services director in an August ALSC article called, “Get a Boost, Give a Leg Up” about my experiences as an intern and how it benefits both new librarians and libraries.
I consider myself first a writer, and I was an English major in undergrad. My textbooks were novels. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Elmhurst College and I am so happy as a librarian, I can now read books and write about my experiences for a living!
I love being a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and have always tried to stay involved. I’ve met great women I never would have had the chance to meet! I’m blogging about Books and Reading for women across the country! Check out Live Sigma Kappa.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area and am proud of my heritage and family roots. I miss the traffic and noise when I travel. I am always researching my ancestors and I find the history fascinating.
I live in a small town in northern IL where I can ride my bike for miles on end and run on roads with cornfields, but have no Barnes and Noble or Starbucks in sight. I’m finding I love the open space and slower pace. I have become a small-town girl and I love it!
I’m not very good at being dull.
I danced for 20 years in ballet shoes.
I had short hair once in the third grade and I don’t wear my glasses as often as I should.
I would absolutely love to travel to Europe one day; England, France and Italy. I think if I go, I will love it and not come back!
I would love to become a published writer of novels.
I love bringing humor and conversational style into my writing. I really like using exclamation points! Despite being an English nerd, I am not a grammar tyrant. I much prefer the written word, the power of language and the development of quality text.
My writing here began as a personal portfolio for completion of my graduate work at Dominican. Being a writer means I am in constant editing mode so I’m always reviewing my posts and layouts for the better. This has become a great place for me to showcase all my talents. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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