I am a born-and-raised Southern California girl, Long Beach to be exact. Did my undergrad in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I received my B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature in 2011. From there I moved to Oregon for four years, finally landing in Arizona to live with my best friend and her kiddos two weeks before my 25th birthday.
I grew up in a dance studio learning--and eventually teaching--ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater. In high school I was very active in dance and theater activities. I quit most of it when I went to college, mostly because my whole performing community was in California and I, suddenly, was not. Also because of a back injury and some reproductive health problems, both of which are becoming increasingly degenerative as I get older. And so, I dedicated myself to my education, finishing a four-year degree in three years. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but college spat me into the real world and directly into a part-time, minimum wage retail position that seems to be the fate of most millennials.
I worked hard in that store, working up to full-timer and supervisor. When I requested a transfer from Oregon to Arizona I was offered a promotion to department manager, which I gratefully took and stayed in for about four months before the pressure almost killed me. My experience with retail management is this: it is a lot of work, and a lot of stress, and very little flexibility, for not enough money or benefits to justify any of it. I had already found a part-time position at the Phoenix Public Library that not only offered several dollars more per hour, but an infinitely more supportive work environment. After a year I was promoted from a desk attendant to Library Assistant, which came with a raise, transfer, and wonderful opportunities to plan programs.
Now I am an official public librarian in children's and teen services in Mesa, AZ, as of May 2017. I serve ages 0-18 in early literacy, programming, storytime, reading lists and displays, community outreach, and all kinds of other amazing stuff. I still can't believe they actually pay me to do this job. It's an absolute dream.
I wish I had the time to document every single thing I do at the library. However, I use this blog just to talk about storytimes and programs. There are lots of other parts of librarianship, especially youth services, that I'm not able to blog about because I just don't have the time. I love to talk about anything library-related, so if you have any questions about other parts of my job don't hesitate to use the contact form to get in touch!
Note: the views I express on this blog are not necessarily those of my employer.
Note: all pictures of minors were taken with verbal or written permission of their guardian.
|Me with a preschool tour in 2017|
|That time someone Snapchatted me leading storytime|