Today's Member of the Week is Carol Hammer. Carol works at Calvert Catholic Elementary in Tiffin, Ohio. She has been a school librarian for thirteen years.
We asked Carol some questions about her experience as a school librarian and we would like to share them with you.
What's your favorite thing about your job as a school librarian?
My favorite thing about being a school librarian is: I get to work with kids daily and smile a lot. Being a school librarian is a daily learning experience. I love the look on the kid's faces when I say, "WOW, you just taught me something." The smiles and enthusiasm on the children's faces when they walk through the door never ceases to make my day.
Name one children's book that you couldn't live without in your library.
There are many, however, I loved Wonder. As a child my favorite was Peter Cottontail.
Tell us why you decided to join the Elementary Librarian Community. What's your favorite thing about it?
I joined the Elementary Library Community to get some fresh ideas. The community encourages to always look for improving my library program and keeping it interesting for the kids.
What's the biggest challenge you're currently facing when it comes to your school library?
Not enough time to complete everything that needs to be done to benefit the kids. I do not have an aide anymore, so the library is my sole responsibility. It is amazing what I do accomplish, but there could be so much more with help.
If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new school librarian (or someone considering becoming a school librarian), what would it be?
Flexibility. A school librarian needs to be flexible because you never know what your day is going to bring to you.