The South Milwaukee Public Library recently hired a new youth services librarian and a new library director, so I'm extremely excited to be joining the team as they make some big changes to the institution, including an intensive update to the children's collection, redesigning the children's room and implementing new youth programming.
Today was my first day on the job and I got a pretty good look at what I'll be doing during the 12 hours a week I will be working in South Milwaukee. In my new position I will be answering reference questions, providing reader’s advisory, assisting patrons in the use of library resources and helping with the planning, advertising and implementation of children's programming. This internship will also allow me to gain valuable experience with collection development projects like selecting, weeding and cataloging library materials.
Hello dear reader, and happy Monday! I have some pretty exciting news: You're reading the words of the South Milwaukee Public Library's new youth services intern! After three different interviews for entry-level youth services positions at public libraries across southeastern Wisconsin, I've finally managed to land a position that will serve as a giant stepping stone toward working as a youth services librarian full-time after finishing graduate school.
I will still be working as a library assistant at the Community Library locations in Salem, Twin Lakes and Silver Lake; however, I am extremely excited to be able to start working more directly with children and their parents at the South Milwaukee Public Library. I am especially looking forward to leading storytime programs for kids of all ages. Now all I have to do is find a way to juggle these two library positions on top of going to grad school full-time and attempting to keep up with this blog on a regular basis . . . Good thing I'm going on vacation next week – I have a feeling it's going to be the last of my relaxation time for quite a while!
Tessa Fox is a 25-year-old Youth Services Librarian and Early Literacy Specialist at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Grayslake, Illinois. After working in the journalism and publishing fields, Tessa decided to dedicate her life to books and public librarianship, and went back to school to get her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she graduated in December 2016. Tessa has been working in public libraries for the past three years.
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