_MG_2726I love libraries and think this is a wonderful and exciting time to be a librarian. I never thought when I was a little girl and going to the library was a magical outing, that I would spend my working life in a library.  I can’t think of anything that would suit me better.

I have worked mostly as a school librarian in independent schools, but have also taught high school and college history and worked at a community college. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. I went to school at Furman University in Greenville, SC. (B.A. in History), before getting my MLIS at the Univ. of South Florida, and an MA in History at the Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville. I now live in Bellevue (near Seattle) WA, with my wonderful husband of 9 years and our cat, Murasaki. No longer living with us are 5 grown children who are making their own way into the world. And who have provided us with 4 glorious grandchildren! Besides loving reading and exploring ideas, I enjoy gardening, travel, tinkering with technology, and jazzercise/yoga. There are always more interesting things to do than there is time to do them in.

At my school library we are in the middle to late phase of renovating our library so that it can function more as a Learning Commons space. So far, so good — the students are loving the changes.

I also teach a Citizenship class for immigrants wanting to become naturalized citizens.  I have met people from all over the world through the 8 years I have been teaching this class.  I am humbled by their courage and willingness to reinvent themselves in a new place, often leaving family and loved ones behind.  And I am struck anew at seeing the United States through their eyes.

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