Children’s librarians just want to have fun

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ABC News 4’s Victoria Hansen and staff member Rick Pelletier as the Cat in the Hat. PHOTO PROVIDED

I never wanted to be a children’s librarian. Children’s librarians do strange things, like dressing up as the Cat in the Hat and cutting craft materials at their desks.

They like reading kids’ books, acting silly and (yikes) doing crafts with small children.

Not for me.

Or so I thought.

From 2005 – 2011, while attending storytimes with my youngest children, children’s librarianship began to look fun.

The storytime librarians danced and sang and clapped. Best of all, children’s librarians share books with the next generation.

My background is in reference, but last fall I began helping out on the children’s desk, training in children’s storytimes and filling in for children’s programs.

And just guess what happened? I discovered that doing storytimes is fun, not to mention energizing.

On Jan. 25, I became a children’s librarian, and today, while sitting at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s children’s desk, I caught myself, scissors in hand, cutting out stickers.

Children’s events

Read Across America Celebration (all ages)

Friday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Join the library staff for a special celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday with special guest Victoria Hansen – and the Cat in the Hat.

DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, March 2 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.


Wee Reads (ages 0 – 24 months with adult)

Thursdays, March 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Time for Twos (ages 24 – 36 months with adult)

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 6 years)

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Adults and teens

Teen Choice Media Awards (grades 6-12)

March 1-30

To celebrate Teen Tech Week, drop by a branch library and vote for your favorite Young Adult video game, eBook and more. Voters are entered into a raffle to win a $30 iTunes gift card.

Great Decisions: Future of the Euro (adults)

Monday, March 4 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Attend the first evening meeting of the Great Decisions program to discuss the future of the Euro. For information, contact the Reference Desk at 849-6161, or MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club: A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Dear John” by Nicholas Sparks

Movie: “Dear John,” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he’s home on leave.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, March 11 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce

Jen McQueen is Children’s Services Manager at the Mount Pleasant Library.)

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