Welcome. LibrarianArika began in 2013, with the first post going live the day after my birthday. Blogging was something I wanted to do for years…and I was out of excuses. There were books and lessons and ideas to share. Audience or not, I was going to write – so I did. And while I wish I’d have named the blog something different these days, I think the content is pretty valuable.
Professionally, librarian has been my title since 2003 – and that doesn’t include time as a classroom teacher and a children’s library assistant. It’s the literature, lessons, and technologies that make up librarianship that have become parts of my everyday life and what this blog is designed to share. Finding free lessons for the elementary library isn’t always easy, nor is finding time to observe and learn from others in our field. TpT, while useful, is a drain on already-lean funds. It’s my hope that this blog helps.
While my students call me Ms. Arika or “library teacher” or “Mrs Bookie” (I love that one), I also answer to mom (I’ve a daughter and son) and wife.
For 13 years, I worked in the Pacific NW as an elementary (k-5) school librarian, where most of these lessons take place. In early 2017, our family relocated to London, where I worked as the lower-school librarian at an international American school. In fall 2018, I repatriated back to the PNW and now work as a FT elementary librarian in a new-to-me school and district.
I love to read. I love to visit libraries and talk about books. And I love to travel. Thank you for being here, and thanks for reading.
Credentials: BA in Elementary Education, Masters in Library/Information Science, National Board Certification in School Library Media (initial & renewal), and a boatload of tech microcredentials (Seesaw, Flipgrid, Apple, etc)