Welcome. I’m so glad you’re here.
This blog started as a birthday gift to me: detailing my experiences as a teacher, a reader, and a mom – while focused on literature and librarianship – was something I’d wanted to do for years. And I finally did it: LibrarianArika launched in 2013.
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”, I also answer to other titles including mom (I’ve a daughter and son) and wife.
Credentials: BA in Elementary Education, Masters in Library/Information Science, National Board Certification in School Library Media.
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, so I’m currently living abroad and working as a lower-school librarian at an international American school.